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The microclimates of our NC mountains give us a terrific array of blueberry plants to choose from — northern highbush, rabbiteye and even southern highbush now that the climate has become a bit milder. Our farm’s east facing slope allows for plenty of sun but protection from the afternoon summer blazing heat and winter winds. It also provides protection from the late frosts that like to hunker down in the valleys. We’ve quit propagating and selling plants, but here’s what Hartman (Michigan) says about plants.

Variety

Type

Zone

Bloom

Time

 

Yield

Lb/plant

Berry Size

and Taste

Size/Habit

NOTES

Arlen

Northern Highbush

5 - 8

Mid to Late

15 lb/plant

Med to mostly large

5-6’,upright, vigorous

NC Ag Research Station - resistant to stem plight, etc. Fruit is firm, good flavor, tiny stem scar with long shelf life.

Blue Crop

Northern Highbush

4 - 7

Early Mid-season

10-20

65/cup, large, firm

4-6 ft, open and upright

Hardy, drought resistant, leading HB in US.

Blue Gold

Northern Highbush

4a-7a

Mid - Late Season

12 lb

Excellent

Med - Lg

4-5 ft; compact, low, many branches

PRUNE heavily for upright growth

Newer (1989) cultivar. Adapts to most soils and to cold to moderate climates.

Blue Jay

Northern Highbush

4a-7b

 

10-20

Med-Lg (76/cup) mild, slightly tart

5-7 ft, very upright

Vigorous, good ornamental (yellow/orange)

Blue Ray

Northern Highbush

4a-7a

 

10-20

60/cup large

4-6 fr, very upright

Number 1 U-pick cultivar, burgundy leaves in fall

Bonus

Northern Highbush

4-7

Mid - late season

12-15

Extra large - 100 berries to a pound

5-6 ft

Harvest w/out stems; excellent for U-pick since berries are big, bright blue and delicious. Resistant to fungal diseases

Brigitta Blue

Northern Highbush

5-8

Late

Heavy

 

 

New cultivar. The foliage turns bright red in the fall and winter wood is red.

Camellia

Southern Highbush

6 - 9

 

Good

 

5-6 ft upright, strong caned, vigorous

Ripens 2 weeks before Rubel. Patented/no prop.

2006 patented.

Cara’s Choice

Northern Highbush

5b-7b

Mid

Season

10-15

70-75 / cup Medium

4 ft, slightly spreading

Easy to harvest by hand, berry flavor - very sweet w/well balanced acidity, superior flavor that is both complex and aromatic - light blue

Chandler

Northern Highbush

6 - 9

Long Mid

Consistently High

Huge, the largest

5-7’, vigorous and upright

It has the longest ripening season of any blueberry, providing more than a month of sweet, firm delicious fruit

Duke

Northern Highbush

5a -7a

Early

10-15 consistently high

Medium

4-6 ft

Best early berry, popular, well-adapted

Elizabeth

Northern Highbush

4b - 8

Mid - Late

up to 15 lb

Very Large

50 to cup

Superior flavor

5-6’

Highly aromatic scent. Said to be the best tasting mid-late season of all blueberries and huckleberries. Named for expert and hybridizer Elizabeth White. Available for sale 1st time in 40 years!

Elliot

Northern Highbush

4b - 7a

late

10-20

Medium

75 per cup

5-7 ‘ upright

slightly spreading

Tart until 60% of fruit is ripe. Ornamental:late blooming flowers and long lasting orange-red fall foliage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah’s Choice

Northern Highbush

5b - 7b

Early

12

Med to Lg

60-75 per cup

Outstanding taste

4-5’

Very sweet, sub-acid and mild with pronounced peach accents!

Legacy

Northern Highbush

5 - 8

Late

High yield

Med 75/cup

very sweet

5-6, upright and vigorous

1993 / Superior flavor, excellent keeper (80% of fruit were of excellent quality after 8 days storage). Resistant to stem and canker which is important in warmer climates.

Liberty

Northern Highbush

5 - 8

Late

??

Medium

75/cup

4-5’

Newer, not much known, testing

Little Giant

Northern

Highbush

4a - 7a

Mid-Late

15

Very small

BEST flavor

4-5

Anthocynins and antioxidant levels are highest (Tufts). Plant suckers. Good ornamental. Light pink flowers, summer foliage is powdery green-blue and fall foliage is red-burgundy. Winter bark is brownish-red.

Misty

Southern Highbush

6b 10a

Mid

High

Very large 65/cup

6’

Excellent fruit AND excellent ornamental

Formerly called ‘Challenger’. Will pollinate any Southern highbush cultivar. Flowers are abundant and long lasting.

O’Neal

Southern Highbush

7b-9a

Early

Unknown

Very large

Attractive

6’

Excellent cultivar for southeast (7b+)

No pollinator needed; good ornamental

Ornablue

Lowbush/

Highbush

cross

4b - 7a

 

 

 

3’ spreading to 5’

Blooms profusely, dense, but very slender foliage; dark blue, small, high yielding fruit. Fall foliage is strong red and long lasting. (cross w/ V.pallidum)

Considered best ornamental for size/stature.

Ozarkblue

Southern Highbush

5 - 9

Late

Mid-season

15 pounds

Medium size

Excellent flavor and storage

5-8’

Escapes late freeze damage

Patriot

Northern Highbush

3b - 7a

Early

ranges 10-20 pounds

Large 50/cup early harvest and 60/cup late

4-6’

Good ornamental

Fruit forms on tight, flatter cluster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rubel

Northern Highbush

4a - 7a

Mid

8-10

Small 132/cup

5-7’

Very high levels of antioxidants

Lovely ornamental, long slender foliage turns red

Sensation

Southern Highbush

7 - 10

Early

8-14 pounds

Medium, uniform

5-6’

finely shaped

Self-fruitful/no pollinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine

Blue

Southern Highbush

6b-10a

Early - Mid

10 pounds

Medium

80/cup

Firm, tasty,

3-4’

Unique evergreen; attractive year round foliage; hot pink spring flowers. Low chilling requirement of 150 days; tolerates higher pH. Great storage - can refrigerate several weeks

Top Hat

Lowbush

Dwarf Type

4b - 7a

 Mid Season

 

Small, profuse blooms/berries

2’ x 2’

Dwarf habit, medium edible fruit, profuse blooms - ornamental.

Toro

Northern Highbush

4b - 7a

Early -  Mid

Heavy producer

Large  60/cup

Excellent flavor

5-6’vigorous and upright

‘Toro’ refers to strong stocky structure of plant.

Very tolerant of fluctuating winter temps.