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Highbush Blueberry


Vaccinium corymbosum Blue Jay

Delicious fruit

As well as producing delicious fruit Blue Jay makes a lovely shrub for the garden, with attractive flowers in spring and leaves that turn a glowing red in autumn. Bright yellow winter stems give some added colour to the garden too. A popular and reliable variety with clusters of delicious berries with a tart flavour which ripen in mid- summer.


Happiest in a sunny spot, will also thrive in a large container.


Best in a moist but well drained, lime-free soil which will not dry out in summer. If growing in a container use ericaceous compost - specially formulated for acid-loving plants. Keep well watered through the summer. Blueberries need to be pollinated to ensure a crop of fruit, so plant two together to ensure plenty of delicious berries.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 120 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September