Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray' - Blueray Highbush Blueberry
DESCRIPTIONBlueray Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray'
Clusters of dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blueberries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals, and box turtles. 'Blueray' is a vigorous grower with a heavy fruit set. Plant near other mid-summer producers for the best berry set.
- Flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators
- Larval food source for several native butterflies
- Plants provide good nesting sites, cover, and fruit for birds
- Vigorous grower with heavy fruit set
- Versatile shrub that deserves wider use
Open or wooded swamps and bogs, old fields 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 FACTSHighbush 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.
Plant in full sun to part shade. (Plant more than one variety to ensure the best fruit set). Grows best in slightly acidic, 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.