NORTHERN HIGHBUSH BLUEBERRY Vaccinium corymbosum

NORTHERN HIGHBUSH BLUEBERRY Vaccinium corymbosum

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Vaccinium corymbosum, the northern highbush blueberry, is a North American species of blueberry. It is native to eastern Canada and the eastern and southern United States, from Ontario east to Nova Scotia and south as far as Florida and eastern Texas. It is also naturalized in other places: Europe, Japan, New Zealand, the Pacific Northwest of North America, etc. Other common names include blue huckleberry, tall huckleberry, swamp huckleberry, high blueberry, and swamp blueberry.

Vaccinium corymbosum is a deciduous shrub growing to 6–12 feet (1.8–3.7 m) tall and wide. It is often found in dense thickets. The dark glossy green leaves are elliptical and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. In autumn, the leaves turn to a brilliant red, orange, yellow, and/or purple.

The fruit is a 1⁄4-to-1⁄2-inch (6.4 to 12.7 mm) diameter blue-black berry. This plant is found in wooded or open areas with moist acidic soils.

Vaccinium corymbosum is the most common blueberry in present-day North America. It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant for home and wildlife gardens and natural landscaping projects.

Type: Hardy shrub

Location: Sun or part

Height: 6–12 feet (1.8–3.7 m)

Hardiness zones: 3-8

Soil: This plant likes acidic soil, which can easily be provided with evergreen needles. Grow your plants on the south (sunny) side of pine/spruce trees, or place pine/spruce needles at the base of the blueberry.

Germination: Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours, and then surface sow in a pot. Water, and place in plastic, and in the fridge for 60 days for stratification. Then bring to warmth for them to germinate. Keep continually moist.


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