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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Northland'

Highbush Blueberry

Clusters of dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blue berries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. 'Northland' has bright green leaves that turn orange in fall. It is also well adapted to a variety of growing conditions. Reddish stems can be attractive in winter.

Benefits

Flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators
Larval food source for several butterflies
The fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife
Plants provide good nesting sites and cover for birds
Well adapted to a variety of growing conditions
Plant more than one variety to ensure best fruit set
Great fall color and a good replacement for Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in full sun to part shade. Plant more than one variety to insure best fruit set. Grows best in acidic (pH of 4.8 to 5.2), organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. Best to remove flowers from plants in the year of planting and in the following year so as to prevent fruit set and to encourage new vegetative growth. Prune as needed in late winter beginning in the third year after planting.


Height
4 Feet

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Spread
4 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

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

Native Trivia

Highbush blueberries have high iron content and 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 help protect the body from aging.


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

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Songbird
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Erosion control
Ground cover
Hedge, screen
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
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