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Vaccinium ashei/Blueberry

Vaccinium ashei / Vaccinium ashei
Spring flowers of the common blueberry
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Spring flowers of the common blueberry

A cluster of mostly ripened blueberries

Ripe blueberries along with some developing fruit in the green stage

Plants in autumn color at the Gloster Arboretum, Gloster, MS

Harvested berries ready to eat

Very early spring flowers

Close-up of bell-shaped flowers


Ripe berries ready for harvest

Close-up of ripe berries

Flowers on the variety 'Climax'

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Scientific Name: Vaccinium ashei
Common Name: Blueberry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: This is the commercial blueberry that has features that make it a worthy choice for its ornamental qualities. Spring flowers, summer fruit, striking autumn foliage color and manageable sizes are all good qualities. Plants are easy to grow and tolerate a wide range of growing conditions provided that the soil is well drained. Plants respond favorable to an annual application of fertilizer in late winter to early spring. The fruit contain valuable antioxidant qualities.