Native Blue is an attractive, durable, ornamental blueberry, that will compliment southern gardens. With its pastel-colored, evergreen leaves, compact habit and prolific berries, Native Blue makes an outstanding addition to container plantings and mixed borders. Finely branched and densely compact, Native Blue also makes a great, low growing hedge, or a perfect companion plant to azaleas and camellias. The foliage displays soft pinkish hues as it first emerges, matures to a glaucous blue, then turns dark green with age. Abundant, small bluish-black berries are semi-sweet, flavorful, and will draw songbirds into the garden.
Latin Name: Vaccinium corymbosum
Site and Soil: Blueberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Blueberries are self-fertile. Plant two varieties for greater fruit production.
Hardiness: Native Blue is hardy to 0° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: July-August
Yield: 15-20 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Blueberries are not bothered by pests or diseases. Scare birds away with Mylar Flash Tape or deter them by covering your plants with netting.
USDA Zone: 7
Sunset Western Zone: 8, 9, 14-17, 18-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed