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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Rubel'

Highbush Blueberry /

Clusters of dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by loads of small, tart, tasty, blueberries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. ‘Rubel’ is a vigorous grower with heavy fruit set.

Benefits

  • Flowers provide nectar for many pollinators
  • Larval food source for several butterflies
  • Plants provide nesting, cover and fruit for birds
  • A vigorous grower with heavy fruit set
  • Use more than one variety to ensure best fruit set
  • Fall color is a good replacement for Burning Bush

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers full sun to light shade, mesic to dry conditions, and an acidic soil that is sandy. Plant more than one variety to improve cross-pollination and increase fruit production.


Height
5-6 ft

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Spread
4-5 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Open or wooded swamps and bogs, fields and and watersides from Nova Scotia to Michigan south to Texas and northern Florida.

Native Trivia

Blueberries have high iron content, 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 protect the body from aging.


"This plant produces loads of sweet, plump fruit for you and I!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
  • Filtered Shade
  • Sun
Soil
  • Acidic
  • Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
Uses
  • Border
  • Erosion control
  • Hedge, screen
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Ornamental fruit
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin