The berries arise on bright red canes that keep this plant ornamental year-round. In spring, ½-inch white flowers, occasionally tinged with pink, attract butterflies by the dozen. The berries are next, also ½-inch across but packed with mild sweet flavor and very resistant to cracking. Earllblue always delivers big yields, and you'll come to rely on its dependable performance!
Earliblue reaches 4 to 6 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide, with an upright, well-branched habit and heavy fruiting. In autumn, the dark green leaves sport handsome shades of deep red to burgundy, adding another season to this plant's glory! Content in full sun to part shade and acidic soil (culture it as you would an Azalea), Earliblue is great in the border, as a hedge, or in mass plantings. Enjoy this early, ultra-reliable, cold-hardy Northern Highbush for many years to come! Zones 5-7. Cannot ship to CA, MI, OR, WA.
|Item Form||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||5 - 7|
|Bloom Season||Mid Spring|
|Plant Height||4 ft - 6 ft|
|Plant Width||24 in - 3 ft|
|Bloom Size||.5 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Free Bloomer, Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible|
|Bloom Color||Light Pink, White|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green, Red|
|Harvest Season||Early Summer|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Cuisine, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, California, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon, Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Washington|
Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:
1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".
2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.
3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.
4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.