Our Blueberry Varieties
Also known as Darrow's blueberry, evergreen blueberry, scrub blueberry, the Southern Highbush blueberry is an evergreen shrub growing 1 to 4 feet tall, with small, simple ovoid-acute leaves and, in non-hybrid forms, are a light blue-green color on the base of the plant and a light pink color at the tips of the branches.
The flowers are white, bell-shaped, 4–8 mm long and the fruit is blue-black with a whitish waxy bloom.
Know scientifically as Vaccinium darrowii, it is native to the Southeastern United States, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The primary habitat for the species is pine forests, where it prefers full sun and the slightly acidic soils common in such habitat.
Southern Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium virgatum, commonly known as Rabbit-Eye Blueberry, Smallflower Blueberry or Southern Black Blueberry, is native to the Southeastern United States, from North Carolina south to Florida and west to Texas.
It is a deciduous shrub growing to 3 to 6 feet tall and with up to a 3-foot spread. The leaves are spirally arranged, oblate to narrow elliptic, 3 inches long and start out red-bronze in the spring only to develop into a dark-green.
The flowers are white, bell-shaped, 5 mm long. The fruit is dark blue to black, bloomed pale blue-gray by a thin wax coating.
Rabbit-Eye Blueberries must have two or more varieties to pollenize each other. Honeybees are inefficient pollinators, and carpenter bees frequently cut the corollas to rob nectar without pollinating the flowers. Rabbit-Eye does best when pollinated by 'buzz pollination' by bees such as the native Southeastern Blueberry Bee.
These blueberries are edible and often used as sauces and syrups, and for breads, muffins, pancakes, and pies. They may have pain killing properties.
They are often grown as an ornamental plant, especially for its fall colors, typically bright orange or red.
They grow best in acid soil and are subject to few pests and diseases, however birds and squirrels consume its fruit.