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Highbush blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

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Highbush blueberry provides four seasons of fanfare, starting with twisted, peeling stems in winter; profuse white or pink blossoms in spring; savory blue fruit in summer; and long-lasting foliage the color of a rich red wine in fall. The maroon to scarlet fall shades are effective for a solid month or more, as the leaves (especially in full sun) are reluctant to fall. The best fruit set occurs when you plant at least two cultivars that will bloom concurrently to ensure cross-pollination.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsPrefers acidic soil.

CareFull to partial sun and moist to moderately dry soil. Prefers acidic conditions.


  • Genus : Vacinnium
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Fall Foliage
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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