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Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush blueberry)

Vaccinium corymbosum Photo/Illustration: William Cullina


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Vaccinium corymbosum vak-SIN-ee-um kor-im-BO-sum Common Name: Highbush blueberry Genus: Vacinnium
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 characteristics: Prefers acidic soil.
Care: Full to partial sun and moist to moderately dry soil. Prefers acidic conditions.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Attracts Butterflies; Interesting Bark; Native; Showy Fall Foliage; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; Late Spring; Spring
Flower Color Pink Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Hedge, Waterside
Style Shade, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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