<i>Vaccinium corymbosum</i> 'Bluecrop'<br>Highbush Blueberry
<i>Vaccinium corymbosum</i> 'Bluecrop'<br>Highbush Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluecrop'
Highbush Blueberry

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DESCRIPTION
Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluecrop'

Clusters of dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blue berries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. ‘Blue Crop’ is a very vigorous grower with heavy fruit set. Fiery red fall color.

BENEFITS
  • Flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators
  • Larval food source for several butterflies
  • The fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife
  • Plants provide good nesting sites, cover and fruit for birds
  • Vigorous grower with heavy fruit set
  • Plant more than one variety to ensure best fruit set
  • Great fall color and a good replacement for Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Open or wooded swamps and bogs, old fields and and watersides; Nova Scotia to Michigan south to Texas and northern Florida.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts

 

Highbush blueberries have high iron content and are rich in carbohydrates and low in fat. They have loads of vitamins C, K & A, as well as manganese, and are a good source of dietary fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from aging.

 

GROWING TIPS

 

Plant in full sun to part shade. (Plant more than one variety to ensure the best fruit set). Grows best in acidic (pH of 4.8 to 5.2), organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. Best to remove flowers from plants in the year of planting and in the following year so as to prevent fruit set and to encourage new vegetative growth. Prune as needed in late winter beginning in the third year after planting.

 

Mature Size: 4+6ft. Tall x 4-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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