Vaccinium corymbosum, (Northern) Highbush Blueberry

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

White to pink-blushed bell-shaped flowers nod in clusters on bare stems in spring before the deep green foliage unfurls.  In full sun this shrub will yield the best blueberries and autumn color.

Print Version: Vaccinium Corymbosum Shrub Height: 6–12 feet, Spread: 4–10 feet, Bloom Color: White or pink-tinged, Upright, broad-spreading, deciduous shrub, Deep green, glossy, oval foliage, Bell-shaped flowers bloom from April to June, Edible waxy, blue-black berries that contain many tiny seeds; spreads by reseeding, Brilliant red-to-burgundy autumn color, No serious pests or diseases; deer and rabbits occasionally severely damage (esp. in winter), Reddish stems can be attractive in winter, Excellent ornamental value, Attracts bees; larval host to various Lepidoptera; many animals eat the berries but esp. birds so cover with netting to protect as crop ripens, Growing and Maintenance Tips: Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained, acidic, Light Requirements: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Water Requirements: Moist, Wet, Although self-fertile, for best crop yield plant more than one variety with synchronous bloom, In the planting year and the following year, remove flowers to promote growth; starting third year after planting, prune as needed in late winter, Use in shrub border, native plant garden, or as hedge, Hardiness: USDA Zones 5–8, Excellent Replacement for Berberis thunbergii - Japanese Barberry, Euonymus alatus - Burning Bush Vaccinium corymbosum, (Northern) Highbush Blueberry

 

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Tags: Shrub Height: 6–12 feet, Spread: 4–10 feet, Bloom Color: White or pink-tinged, Upright, broad-spreading, deciduous shrub, Deep green, glossy, oval foliage, Bell-shaped flowers bloom from April to June, Edible waxy, blue-black berries that contain many tiny seeds; spreads by reseeding, Brilliant red-to-burgundy autumn color, No serious pests or diseases; deer and rabbits occasionally severely damage (esp. in winter), Reddish stems can be attractive in winter, Excellent ornamental value, Attracts bees; larval host to various Lepidoptera; many animals eat the berries but esp. birds so cover with netting to protect as crop ripens, Growing and Maintenance Tips: Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained, acidic, Light Requirements: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Water Requirements: Moist, Wet, Although self-fertile, for best crop yield plant more than one variety with synchronous bloom, In the planting year and the following year, remove flowers to promote growth; starting third year after planting, prune as needed in late winter, Use in shrub border, native plant garden, or as hedge, Hardiness: USDA Zones 5–8, Excellent Replacement for Berberis thunbergii – Japanese Barberry, Euonymus alatus – Burning Bush