Types of Blueberry Bushes

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Overview

Different types of blueberry bushes are hardy from the cold zone 3 to warm zone 8. However, people in the middle zones who have the most choices. Different types of blueberry bushes produce fruit at different times of the year, from the early spring to the end of September. Those in the middle zones can pick one type from each group and have a continuous crop of fresh blueberries all season long.

Very Early

Arliblue is hardy in zones 5 to 7. It produces a large, sweet fruit. It will be the first to bloom and ripen. The bush grows upright to the height of between 4 and 6 feet. Bluetta is hardy in zones 4 to 7. The fruit is medium sized and tangy. It will not bloom as early, but the fruit ripens very fast. It is an upright bush, and it will grow to between 3 and 5 feet.

Early

Duke is hardy in zones 4 to 7, and the fruit is medium/large with a mild sweet flavor. The plant will grow to from 4 to 6 feet high. Duke is another one that blooms late, but it ripens early. Reka is hardy in zones 5 to 7, and it originated in New Zealand. It will grow from 4 to 6 feet high and produce a medium/large mild, sweet fruit. Spartan is hardy in zones 5 to 7. It grows upright from 4 to 6 feet in height, and it produces a tangy, sweet fruit. Patriot is hardy in zones 3 to 7, and it is a spreading variety. It will grow to from 3 to 5 feet high and produce a large, tangy fruit.

Early to Mid

Bluejay is hardy in zones 4 to 7, and it is an upright variety that will grow to 6 to 7 feet high. The berries are used for freezing, pies and canning. Blueray is hardy in zones 4 to 7, and it's an upright variety that produces very large, sweet fruit. It does well in hot summers and cold winters, and it will grow to between 4 and 6 feet in height.

Mid

Chandler is hardy in zones 4 to 7. It spreads, yet only slightly. It produces the world's largest blueberry, and it will grow to about 5 to 7 feet in height. Toro is hardy in zones 4 to7. Toro grows upright to a height of 4 to 6 feet and produces a mildly sweet fruit. Hardyblue is hardy in zones 4 to 7. It grows upright to a height of from 4 to 6 feet. It produces a medium size very sweet fruit. Bluecrop is hardy in zones 4 to 7, grows upright to a height of from 4 to 6 feet, and produces a sweet fruit. Bluecrop is the one planted most extensively around the country. Bluegold is hardy in zones 4 to 7, and it is one of the more compact growing. It will only reach a height of from 3 to 5 feet and produce a medium size sweet fruit.

Mid to Late

Berkeley is hardy in zones 5 to 7, and it's a spreading variety. It will grow to from 5 to 7 feet, one of the tallest of the spreading. Rubel is hardy in zones 4 to 7, grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, and produces a small, sweet fruit. Ruble is one of the varieties that is the highest in antioxidants.

Late

Legacy is hardy in zones 5 to 8. Legacy will grow to from 4 to 6 feet, and it produces robust medium/large fruit. Brigitta is hardy in zones 4 to 7. Brigitta is a hybrid from Australia, and it produces a fruit that is both sweet and tart. It will grow to a height of from 4 to 6 feet. Jersey is hardy in zones 4 to 7, and it grows upright to a height of from 6 to 8 feet. It is one of the oldest varieties. It produces a medium sized, sweet fruit. Darrow is hardy in zones 5 to 7. It grows to a height of from 4 to 6 feet. It produces large, juicy and robust flavored fruit.

Very Late

There is one variety, Elliott, that produces fruit until the end of September. Elliott is hardy in zones 4 to 7, and it produces a medium/ large tangy fruit. Wait until it is fully ripe before picking, or it will be too tart.

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