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The Best Varieties of Blueberry Hedges

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Using blueberry bushes can be an attractive and tasty way to form a hedge. If you are looking to create a uniform look, but still want fruit, use a variety of highbush blueberries, which are self-fertile. Although, if you want more fruit, you may want to plant at least two different varieties. When planting blueberry hedges, plant the bushes about 2-1/2 to 3 feet apart.

Jersey

Jersey is a tall, fast-growing northern highbush that can reach heights of 6 to 7 feet. It ripens late in the season. It will tolerate a variety of soil types. Berries are small to medium-sized, but sweet and great for use in baking. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 8.

Bluejay

Bluejay is a northern highbush that grows about 5 to 7 feet tall. It is very vigorous and fast growing. Berries are medium-sized with a mild flavor that arrive early to midseason. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 7. Bluejay bushes are hardy and easy to establish.

Rubel

Rubels are northern highbushes that grow about 5 to 8 feet tall with a 3 to 4 foot spread. It is adaptable to a variety of soil types. Berries arrive mid to late season and are small with an intense flavor. They are hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 7.

Bluecrop

Bluecrop is a northern highbush known for its disease resistance and adaptability to various growing conditions. It grows about 4 to 6 feet tall. Berries are medium to large sized and will arrive midseason. Proper pruning is essential or it can overbear. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 7.

Patriot

Patriot is a compact northern highbush that will grow about 3 to 5 feet high with a similar spread. Its early season berries have a tangy flavor. Patriot is very cold hardy and does well in wetter soils than other varieties. It is hardy in USDA Zones 3 through 7.

Bluetta

Bluetta is a shorter, compact variety of northern highbush that grows about 3 to 5 feet high. Its medium-sized berries ripen early and have a tangy, wild flavor. It is excellent for colder areas that receive late spring frosts. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 7.

Sunshine Blue

Sunshine Blue is a variety of southern highbush with a low chilling requirement of 150 hours. It will tolerate soils with a higher pH. Berries are mid-season, dime-sized with a tangy flavor. This bush will only grow about 3 to 4 feet high with a similar width. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 10.

Sierra

Sierra is a hybrid of northern and southern highbush blueberries. It is fast growing and vigorous bush that will adapt to most soil types. Its mid-season berries are quarter-sized with an excellent flavor. It will grow about 5 to 7 feet high. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 8.

Northblue

Northblue is a variety of half-high blueberry that grows about 2 to 3 feet high. It is hardy in USDA Zones 3 through 7. It is very cold hardy. Its medium-sized berries have a "wild" taste and ripen mid-season.

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Darcy Logan has been a full-time writer since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in special education from Middle Tennessee State University. Before writing, she worked for several years as an English and special education teacher. Logan published first book, "The Secret of Success is Not a Secret," and several education workbooks under the name Darcy Andries.

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