Jersey Highbush Blueberry Tree

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Jersey Highbush Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Jersey'
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Muffins, jams, and pies - oh my! Imagine a summer filled with homegrown and homemade delicious treats! Plant Jersey Highbush Blueberries, and have a dream-filled edible garden. In May, blooms of pearly white flowers transforming into plump, delicious berries by July - just in time for backyard picnics. An old-time favorite that keeps on growing for years, each season producing bushels of blueberries for years of memories with the family saying “eat one, pick one.” A delicious shrub perfectly fit for patio pots or decorating your garden borders! Just wait till you see the fall foliage on a vibrant burnt orange display, giving you more than just blueberries!

Growth Facts

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The Story

So many of the plants we grow for food come from distant places. The Highbush Blueberry is a homegrown American native. It grows in the wild from Maine to Florida, ranging westward to Minnesota and Louisiana. Over the years, plant breeders have improved the size, flavor, and quantity of their berries. Jersey is a popular highbush variety in Missouri due to how well it grows. Blueberries from Jersey ripen late mid-season before the bushes leaves begin changing color in the fall. The red stems of Jersey can be of winter interest.

The Details

"Enjoy the dainty white-pink upside-down, urn-shaped blooms in spring right before they grow the berries you'll be craving all year. However, Jersey Highbush is self-fertile to ensure that you produce the best blueberry crop and plant other blueberry bushes to cross-pollinate. Growing different varieties will extend your harvest season between early, mid, and late-season plants. Be sure to harvest the blueberries before the birds do! If you are worried that our winged friends will enjoy the harvest before you, place a net over Jersey to preserve the berries.

Height: 6-8 ft
Spread: 6-8 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Green
Fall Foliage: Copper-Red
Zones: 5-8"

How to Grow

Acid soil is key to growing Blueberries successfully. These peat-loving Accents require very low–pH conditions to thrive. If your soil isn’t naturally acidic, you may want to grow Jersey Blueberry in a large container or raised bed. Give it all-day sun if possible and use lots of organic matter—both as a soil amendment and mulch. Water weekly if no rainfalls. Even though Jersey is self-pollinating, you may want to plant other blueberry varieties to increase your yearly berry yield. Pruning should be completed in late winter after the second year of being planted.

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