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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
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