Highbush Blueberry Common Name:
- Habit: Shrub
- Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Moist, Average, Dry
- Height: 5-8′
- Flower: White, Pink, Mar, Apr, May
- Fruit: Medium sized, sweet blue berries. Most commercial cultivars of blueberry are derived from this species.
- Fall Color: Yes
- Natural Habitat: Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge
- Larval host for: Huckleberry Sphinx Moth (Paonias astylus), Slender Clearwing Moth (Hemaris gracilis)
Multiple upright stems branch out to form a rounded shrub about 8′ tall at maturity. Dark green opposite leaves and small white bell-shaped flowers in the spring are followed by sweet edible berries, enjoyed by humans and birds, in summer and deep red foliage in fall. Requires highly acidic soil containing lots of organic matter to thrive, so most planting sites will have to be amended with a soil acidifier.