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Bluecrop BlueberryVaccinium corymbosum

  • Bluecrop Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum
  • Bluecrop Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum
  • Bluecrop Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum

Bluecrop is a highbush blueberry cultivar. It produces all-purpose blueberries that are firm and somewhat tart—great for preserves, baking, freezing and fresh eating. With this shrub, you will harvest as much as 10–20 lbs. of fruit every July. It also provides some nice landscape value with a bloom of white flowers in May and fiery red color in the fall.

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 bluecrop blueberry can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

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

Mature Size

The bluecrop blueberry grows to a height of 4–6' and a spread of 3–4' 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 bluecrop blueberry requires acidic soil and is moderately drought-tolerant.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Produces big clusters of large, light blue berries that are firm and somewhat tart--great for preserves, baking, freezing and fresh eating.
  • Provides fiery red fall color.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 600–1000. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Yields ripe fruit in July, producing 10–20 lbs. each summer.
  • 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.
  • Tolerates drought moderately.
  • Blooms in May, with white (possibly tinged pink) flowers covering the plant.

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.