Berries for you and berries for the birds!
A multi-stemmed shrub with green, or often red, twigs and terminal clusters of small, urn-shaped white flowers. Reddish-green spring leaves turn blue-green in summer and red, yellow, orange and purple in fall. White or pink bell-shaped flowers in drooping clusters are followed by edible, blue fruit.
‘Bluecrop’ produces light blue blueberries which ripen in mid-season (mid to late July in USDA Zone 5). Attracts birds and small mammals. Special value to native bees.
Per the MBG: Shallow, fibrous roots need constant moisture and good drainage. Plants appreciate a good organic mulch. Although blueberries are self-fertile, cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop (larger berries and larger yields). Therefore, it is best to plant more than one variety that will bloom at the same time. Best to remove flowers from plants in the year of planting and in the following year so as to prevent fruit set and to encourage new vegetative growth. Prune as needed in late winter beginning in the third year after planting.
Height: 6-8 ft.
Spread: 6-8 ft
Bloom time: May
Sun: full sun to part shade
Water: medium to wet
photo credit: David J. Stang