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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blue Jay'

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. 'Blue Jay' is a very vigorous grower with heavy fruit set.

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, cover and fruit for birds
  • Vigorous grower with heavy fruit set
  • 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
5-7 Feet

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Spread
5-7 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

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.

Characteristics & Attributes

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