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Blueberry

Vaccinium spp.

Also known as

Cranberry, Bilberry, Whortleberry

Shiny blueberry (Vaccinium myrsinites) (7154743184) by Bob Peterson (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Blueberry Overview

The genus Vaccinium contains around 223 deciduous or evergreen subshrubs, shrubs and trees. It includes multiple species which produce fruits of commercial importance such as Cranberry, Blueberry, Bilberry, Lingonberry and Huckleberry. These plants are cultivated for their attractive, leathery foliage, this shows nice autumn colour, their edible fruits, which vary across species and their flowers. Flowers are usually bell-shaped and coloured white, pink, green or red. Produced singly or in clusters on unbranched stems called racemes. These plants are best grown in woodland gardens, growing optimally in full or partial sun and moist, well-draining, peaty or sandy, acidic soil.

Common problems with Blueberry

How to propagate Blueberry

Cuttings

You can propagate by division or from semi-ripe cuttings.

Division

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Blueberry

Grown for their foliage, autumn colour (on deciduous species) flowers and fruits, often edible.