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Rubel BlueberryVaccinium corymbosum 'Rubel'

  • Rubel Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum
  • Rubel Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum
  • Rubel Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum

Grown for both home and commercial use, the Rubel blueberry makes a versatile landscape shrub. Of course it produces the tart, antioxidant-rich berries that we love in muffins and pies. But it also provides year-round interest—white blossoms in the spring, red foliage in the fall and red twigs in the winter.

Blueberry plants are self-fertile, but cross-pollination produces a better crop—creating larger yields of larger berries. So it is best to plant more than one variety with the same bloom time 4—6' apart.

Learn more about planting and caring for blueberry bushes.

Hardiness Zones

The rubel blueberry can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 3–7. View Map

Tree Type

This is a fruit shrub, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces.

Mature Size

The Rubel blueberry grows to a height of 5–7' and a spread of around 4' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow to Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Rubel blueberry requires acidic soil.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Produces firm, small, light blue berries with a tart, full flavor--great for baking. The fruit has twice as much antioxidant value as other blueberries.
  • Provides year-round interest, with red foliage in the fall and red twigs in the winter.
  • Is self-fertile, but cross-pollination produces a better crop--creating larger yields of larger berries. So it is best to plant more than one variety with the same bloom time 4--6' apart.
  • Blooms April–May, with white flowers covering the plant.
  • Yields ripe fruit midseason, producing a consistent crop of 15 lbs. each summer.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 800. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The shrub provides nutrition for bees in early summer. White-tailed deer and eastern cottontails eat the leaves and twigs of this shrub. It also produces one of the most important fruits for wild animals. Some animals that eat these blueberries include: eastern bluebird, northern cardinal, gray catbird, wild turkey, northern mockingbird, brown thrasher, mourning dove, American robin, red fox, eastern cottontail, white-footed mouse, striped skunk and eastern chipmunk.