[NAFEX] Ornamental Blueberries

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Mon Dec 12 09:47:06 EST 2005


Most of the newer blueberry varieties were selected to be short, so if you
want tall plants, you may have to go with a rabbiteye or some of the
"old-fashioned" northern types. Tifblue is a good ornamental, but you will
need another rabbiteye variety for good fruit production. For a NH, Bluecrop
has nice fall color and can be pruned to fit your space requirements, and
crops well without another pollinator. If height is not a major issue, the
most ornamental blueberry I have grown is Sharpblue. It is a very low chill
southern highbush variety, but quite hardy, with a nice deep red color in
the fall. Mine hangs on to the leaves until single digit temps. Even though
I am in a very high-chill area, it has been productive so far, but would
probably not work well if you get a lot of late frosts.

Hal
z6b TN


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ginda Fisher" <list at ginda.us>
To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2005 10:25 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Ornamental Blueberries


> I have some white cedar foundation plantings that are getting
> overgrown.  I am thinking of removing them, and wondering what to
> replace them with.  It would be fun to put in something that fruits. .
> .  I am contemplating blueberries.
>
> I am in zone 6.  The location is on the south side of my house, but
> it's mostly shaded by oak trees, so I don't actually expect to get much
> fruit.  I need something tall and narrow:  Mature width should be less
> than 4', and height could be 15' or so, and should be at least twice
> the width for esthetic reasons.
>
> Anyone have suggestions in a tall, narrow, northern blueberry?
> Preferably one with good fall color and red winter twigs?
>
> Any other fruity suggestions?
>
> Thanks,
> Ginda
>
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