Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush blueberry). Medium-sized bushy deciduous shrub with narrowly ovate leaves turning red and purple in autumn. Sprays of small, pinkish urn-shaped flowers followed by edible, blue-black berries 12mm wide. The branches are upright and arching in early spring, and are covered with clouds of bell-shaped, tiny white flowers. The green berries are produced afterwards which will slowly ripen into a dusty blue. To harvest the fruits, remember to roll the fruits gently between your fingers, only the berries which come off easily are ripe. You should leave the remaining berries on the bush to harvest later on. The foliage will turn red in the autumn. You should grow in full sun with peaty, moist acid soil.
Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant
Interest and use
Fruit, ornamental, foliage, hedging, border, bark Spring/Summer interest and bright autumn coloured leaves.