5 Favorite Blueberry Varieties

November 30, 2018

Although we’re well into fall and soon to be winter, blueberries always sound good. These 5 varieties of blueberries will have you thinking of summer days. While they’re most well known for their delicious fruit in summer, the foliage also has excellent fall color ranging from maroons to yellows to purples.

Sunshine Blue Blueberry (Vaccinium x ‘Sunshine Blue’)- Pink flowers appear in spring followed by blueberries in summer and dusty, burgundy-bronze winter color on evergreen foliage. It will get to be about 3-4 feet tall and wide. Water regularly and place in full sun and well-draining soil for the best berries and fall coloring.

Sunshine Blue Blueberry (Vaccinium x ‘Sunshine Blue’) Photo Courtesy of Grow Organic

Peach Sorbet Blueberry (Vaccinium x ‘Peach Sorbet’)- Another evergreen variety but with white flowers in spring and a compact form (1 1/2-2 feet tall and wide). Blueberries that start out light pink turning to blue in summer. Foliage turns deep purple in winter. Peach Sorbet will do well in partial to full sun, well-draining soils, and will need regular watering.

Peach Sorbet Blueberry (Vaccinium x 'Peach Sorbet')

Peach Sorbet Blueberry (Vaccinium x ‘Peach Sorbet’)

Jersey Late Season Blueberry (Vaccinium x ‘Jersey’)- Deciduous, deep green foliage and blush colored flowers in spring. Blueberries ripen in late summer and foliage turns orange-red in fall. Stems have a slight reddish tinge to them, as well. Jersey can get to be 6-8 feet tall and will like being in partial to full sun, well-draining soils, and will need regular watering.

Vaccinium x 'Jersey' Photo Courtesy of Willoway Nursery

Vaccinium x ‘Jersey’ Photo Courtesy of Willoway Nursery

North Country Early Season Blueberry (Vaccinium x ‘North Country’)- Light pink flowers in spring give way to blueberries in summer and is one of the earlier varieties to ripen. The lasting fall color is yellow-orange. This blueberry will grow to be about 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. North Country prefers full sun and regular watering.

Vaccinium x 'North Country' Photo Courtesy of My Garden Insider

Vaccinium x ‘North Country’ Photo Courtesy of My Garden Insider

Bountiful Blue Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bountiful Blue’)- Blue tinted deciduous foliage and pale pink flowers in spring are followed by blueberries in summer. Foliage turns shades of maroon and scarlet. This one is also self-fertile so if you only have room for one, this could be a good option for you. Bountiful Blue will get to be about 3-4 feet tall and wide and does best in full sun and well-drained soils with regular watering.

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bountiful Blue’ Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Bonus: Thunderbird Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum ‘Thunderbird’)- A close cousin to the blueberry, this evergreen shrub has bronze red new growth and pink-white flowers in summer followed by dark blue berries in late summer. This huckleberry does well in partial to full sun, well-drained soils, and likes to be watered regularly. It will get to be about 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide. If you’ve ever gone huckleberry picking, you know how much work it is and you’ll be glad to have these in your garden for easier access. They’re not the exact same ones that grow in the mountains, but they’ll taste delicious no matter what!

Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird' Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Vaccinium ovatum ‘Thunderbird’ Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Do you have a favorite type of blueberry or do you prefer huckleberries? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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