Highbush Blueberries / Vaccinium corymbosum

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Reka’ – This New Zealand introduction has gained popularity much in part to its adaptable nature (tolerates many soil types) and the fact that it matures quickly. It bears high yields of tasty medium-sized berries and has burgundy red autumn tones. The red stems are also attractive in flower arrangements. Ripens early season. Grows 4-6′ high. Zone 4.

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluegold’ – This Blueberry cultivar gets its name from the colour of its berries and its yellow winter stems. It has firm medium-sized berries that are borne in large clusters. Like all Highbush Blueberries it is self-fertile, but will produce heavier crops when cross-pollinated by a different variety. Ripens mid-season. Grows 4-6′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 4.

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Duke’ – An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with yellowish-orange autumn tones. It is one of the best Highbush Blueberries for fresh eating and baking, due to its superior (ever so slightly tart) flavour. In coastal BC prune in late February, removing dead and some old wood to allow the shrub to rejuvenate. Ripens early season. Grows 4-6′ high by 4-5′. Z4.

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluecrop’ (syn. ‘Blue Crop’) – Probably the most popular commercial cultivar grown in BC’s Fraser Valley.  It is a heavy producer of tasty, high quality berries and has good disease resistance. The foliage shifts to brilliant orange and red autumn tones, so it also works well in a mixed shrub border. Ripens mid-season. Grows 5′ high by 5′ wide. Zone 4.

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Elliot’ – An upright, spreading bush with green foliage that shifts to reddish-orange in the fall. The white (often tinged pink) heather-like flowers are held in terminal clusters and are followed by 1/2″ wide flavourful berries that are slightly tart. It is also one of the last Blueberries to produce, often in September. Ripens very late season. Grows 6′ high by 4-5′. Z4.

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One Response to Highbush Blueberries / Vaccinium corymbosum

  1. Little Sis says:

    I’ve been chewing on the idea of blueberries and so am grateful for the guidance. I didn’t realize all the highbush varieties were self-fertile. That helps a lot. Thanks!

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