Aurora Blueberries are the latest ripening Highbush Blueberries, offering northern growers an opportunity to extend the fresh fruit season. Our observations in the Pacific Northwest find Aurora to have extremely high yields. Berries ripen over three to four pickings and are on average about 25% larger than Elliott with a slightly darker color. Aurora can be tart if not harvested fully ripe. Aurora is often more resistant to cracking and shriveling than Elliott and as a result, it can be allowed to hang longer, developing much better flavor in many cases. We recommend Aurora for growers where a cold hardy, hand harvest berry is desired to extend the fresh market harvest season.
U.S. Plant Patent 15,185
Latin Name: Vaccinium corymbosum hybrid
Site and Soil: Blueberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained, acidic soil.
Rootstock Description: Self-rooted.
Pollination Requirements: Blueberries are partially self-fertile. Plant two varieties for greater fruit production.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-5 ft. in height and spread.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Late July
Yield: 15-20 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Blueberries are not bothered by significant pest or disease problems. Scare birds away with Mylar Flash Tape or deter them by covering your plants with netting.
USDA Zone: 3-7
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 32, 34-43