Sunshine Blue Dwarf Blueberry

'Sunshine Blue' Dwarf Blueberry

corymbosum 'Sunshine Blue'


Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 48417
Ships in Fall at the proper planting time for your zone. View schedule.
$24.95
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This Blueberry has so many excellent qualities that it's almost a new kind of plant -- the ultimate edible ornamental! It has a dense, rounded, semi-dwarf form only 3- to 4-feet high and wide, making it a great choice for containers. The glossy silvery-green leaves are semi-evergreen, so you can plant it anywhere for year-round color! In spring, masses of pink flowers (instead of the white typical of Blueberries!) grace the lovely branches, followed by berries ... LOTS of berries!

Each petite plant bears anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds of the most delicious, dime-sized, dark blue berries you will ever taste! The flavor is sweet and juicy, totally unlike the berries you buy long after harvest at the grocery store. Wait until you discover the joy of fresh blueberries, straight from the patio!

And just when you think this delightful shrub can't get any better, its gorgeous purple-red fall color appears! Self-pollinating (so you need only grow one plant) and more tolerant than most of high pH, 'Sunshine Blue' is an exceptionally easy berry to grow. It's a southern highbush type with a low chill requirement -- only 150 hours! -- which means it's great for the south. However, it's very hardy as far north as Chicago, too!

Best in full sun and slightly acidic, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Zones 5-9.

Vaccinium
Blueberry

Planting:

Set Blueberries 4 feet apart, with 8 to 10 feet between rows; for use as a hedge, space plants 2 to 3 feet apart. Choose a location in full sun and with an acid, humus-enriched soil. To obtain an acid reaction, add ammonium sulfate or powered sulphur to the soil, along with a liberal amount of leaf mold. (Or check with your County Extension agent for specifics.) Dig a generous hole and plant so that the upper roots are covered with only an inch of soil. Planting too deep will hinder growth. At planting time, some light pruning may be desirable to shape and balance branch structure for Blueberries.


Maintenance:

We recommend a thick, organic mulch year round, to keep down weeds and maintain even moisture. Once plants are established, apply an acid fertilizer (such as one suited for azaleas) each year. After the initial pruning at planting time for Blueberries, no pruning will be necessary for a few years; after that, the older branches may be pruned back from year to year as necessary. If birds are a problem, netting will keep them from the berries.


Winter care of Potted Plants:

In zones 5, 6, and the colder parts of zones 7, potted plants must be either sunk into the ground or moved into a cold garage or basement that doesn’t freeze. Water pots well before moving them indoors and then check every 4 to 5 weeks to make sure the soil remains a bit damp. Zones various.


Zones:

Zones Various

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