Blueberry bushes are perennial flowering plants of the Vaccinium genus. Blueberries are one of the few fruit plants indigenous to North America. Gardeners in Michigan typically grow highbush blueberries, which are most suitable for the cooler climate.
Michigan gardeners typically plant the Bluecrop, Drake and Elliot highbush varieties. Other popular blueberry bushes include Rubel, Bluejay and Jersey.
Highbush blueberry varieties typically bear medium to large light-blue fruit. These hardy varieties are typically upright bushes that need moderate pruning.
Michigan blueberry bushes are susceptible to several fungal diseases, particularly mummyberry (Monilinia vacinii-corymbosi) and fusicoccum canker (Godronia cassandrae). Symptoms include blighted shoots and brown-purple elliptical lesions forming on the stems.
Blueberry bushes in Michigan are susceptible to crown gall (Agrobacterium tumefaciens), shoestring disease, blueberry leaf mottle and mosaic disease. The most common pest is the dagger nematode (Xiphinema americanum).
Blueberry fruits contain natural antioxidants, such as vitamins E and C. These antioxidants protect the human body from free radicals and prevent diseases linked with the aging process.
- Michigan State University Extension: Blueberry Diseases in Michigan
- Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station: Blueberry Varieties for Michigan
- U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council: Blueberries for Health
- Michigan State University Extension: Hints on Growing Blueberries
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