Blueberry Varieties

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Selecting appropriate blueberry varieties is not a simple matter. Many growers are limited by climate to only the hardiest.

The USDA Zone Map will help to determine what varieties are best for your area.

Although most blueberries are self-pollinating, planting at least two different varieties improves size and increases the percentage of successful pollination. So selecting at least 2 varieties should also be factored in.

Basic Categories

There are 4 basic categories that Blueberries fall into, which can be further broken down into a multitude of blueberry varieties

1. Rabbit eye blueberries

Grow to 15 feet tall

Generally Hardy up to USDA Zone 6

The flowers have both male and female organs and are pollinated by Insects.

Rabbit-eye varieties require another rabbit-eye variety for cross pollination






2. High Bush blueberries

Grow 6 to 12 feet tall

High-bush Varieties don't require a cross pollinator

See:The Highbush Blueberry and Its Management


3. Low Bush blueberries

Grow 1 to 2 feet tall

Blooms April and May with rare exceptions

Hardy to USDA Zone 2.


4. Mid High blueberries

Grow 2 to 4 feet tall.

Generally these are hybrid crosses of various cultivars , no standardized characteristics apply

Popular Blueberry Varieties

CultivarDisease ResistanceRipens ...Misc. NotesUSDA Zones                            

 

Susceptible to ...Resistant To...   
BerkeleyBerkely Blueberrymummyberry  phomopsis cankerresistant to powdery mildewMid Season5 to 7 feet tall Fully mature(zones 7 to 5)
Bluecrop very resistant to shoestring

moderately resistant to mummyberry, powdery mildew and red ringspot;

Mid Season

4 to 6 feet tall

Northern Highbush

 

(zones 4 to 7)
Bluegoldmummyberry Mid Season3 to 5 feet tall

Northern Highbush

 

(zones 4 to 7)
Bluehaven

mummyberry

phomopsis canker

 Early
midseason
3 to 5 feet tall

Northern Highbush

(zones 5 to 7)
BluejayBluejay Blueberry resistant to shoestring and mummyberryEarly
midseason
5 to 7 feet tall

Northern Highbush

(zones 4 to 7)
Blueray susceptible to mummyberryMid Seasonrequires heavy pruning.

4 to 6 feet tall.  Northern Highbush .

(zones 4 to 7)
Bluettamummyberryresistant to phomopsis canker; Early Season (zones 3 to 7)
Burlingtonshoestringresistant to mummyberry;Late Season (zones 3 to 7)
CollinsCollins Blueberry susceptible to mummyberryEarly
midseason
 (zones 3 to 7)
Coville moderately resistant to mummyberry, powdery mildew, fusicoccum cankerLate
midseason
 (zones 5 to 7)
Darrow resistant to mummyberry and shoestringLate Mid Season

Northern Highbush . 4 to 6 feet tall.

 

Extremely Large berries.

 

(zones 4 to 7)
DukeDuke Blueberry resistant to mummyberryEarly SeasonNorthern Highbush . 4 to 6 feet tall. weak flavor.

 

(zones 5 to 8)
Earliblueshoestring, mummyberry, phomopsis cankerresistant to powdery mildewEarly Season (zones 3 to 7)
Elliottsusceptible to shoestringresistant to mummyberry, phomopsis canker and anthracnose; Late Seasonslightly tart flavor. very firm berries, store well. Northern Highbush .

4 to 6 feet tall.

(zones 4 to 7)
JerseyJersey Blueberrysusceptible to shoestringmoderately resistant to mummyberry, red ringspot; Late Season6 to 8 feet tall

 

(zones 4 to 8)
Lateblue mummyberryLate Season {Very Late} (zones 5 to 7)
Legacy  Ripens mid to late-season.Adapts well to many types of soil . Southern Highbush . 4 to 6 feet tall(zones 5 to 8)
Little Giant  Mid SeasonThe fruits are very small,  extremely flavorful.(zones 4 to 7)
 

Nelson

  Late Season

Northern Highbush

5 to 7 feet tall

 

(zones 4 to 8)
 

Northblue

 resistant to mummyberryEarly
midseason
2 to 3 feet high(zones 3 to 7)
Northcountry  Early
midseason
 (zones 4 to 8)
Northlandmummyberryresistant to shoestring;Early seasonNorthern Highbush

4 to 7 feet tall

 

(zones 3 to 7)
 

NorthskyNorthsky Blueberry resistant to mummyberryMid Season  
Pamlico stem blight  (zones 6-10)
Patriot phytopthora root rotEarly SeasonVery large firm berries Very good flavor. 3 to 5 feet high . (zones 3 to 7)
Rancocasmoderately susceptible to mummyberry and shoestring; resistant to fusicoccum canker, powdery mildewMid SeasonLowbush

Ripe fruit can crack in moist weather.

(zones 5 to 8)
Rubelmummyberry, necrotic ringspot, mosaic and shoestringmoderately resistant to fusicoccum cankerMid Season5 to 8 feet tall with a 3 to 4 foot spread

 
(zones 4 to 7)
Sierramummyberry Mid SeasonNorthern Highbush

5 to 6 feet tall

powder blue large berry

(zones 5 to 8)
Sunshine Blue  Mid Season3 to 5 feet high

Berries are mid-season, dime-sized with a tangy flavor

 

(zones 4 to 7)
SpartanSpartan Blueberrysusceptible to shoestringmoderate resistant to mummyberryEarly Mid Season5 to 6 feet tall, and 4 to 6 feet wide.  very sweet, with an intense flavor

Northern Highbush
(zones 3 to 7)
 
Toro  Mid SeasonNorthern Highbush

4 to 6 feet tall

(zones 4 to 7)
Weymouthsusceptible to mummyberry and shoestring Early season  

 

 

 

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