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)
Vaccinium corymbosum or Highbush Blueberry has multiple upright stems that 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. The foliage then turns a dark red in fall. Requires highly acidic soil containing lots of organic matter to thrive. Most planting sites will have to be amended with a soil acidifier.