Vaccinium x 'Southmoon' (Southern Highbush)Item #3637 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Delicious, large, sky blue berries ripen in early summer. A highly productive, early-fruiting blueberry for areas that receive as few as 500 hours of winter chill. The olive green foliage and white bell-shaped flowers provide ornamental interest in the landscape. Works well for a shrub border or as a container specimen. Semi-evergreen in mild climates.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderately vigorous, upright shrub; reaches 6 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:vak-SIN-ee-umPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:UprightGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderately vigorous, upright shrub; reaches 6 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Edible, Low Chill Requirement, North American Native SelectionFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersCompanion PlantsMagnolia (Magnolia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Flowering Currant (Ribes); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Strawberry (Fragaria)
- CareCare InformationProvide enriched, acidic, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. In very hot, arid summer areas, best with some shelter from harsh, reflected afternoon sun. Apply an acidic fertilizer in spring. Before new growth begins, remove twiggy growth, leaving only main stems to prevent overbearing.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreLore:Blueberries are the most popular native American fruit and recent breeding has extended cultivation well beyond their original range. They are among the fruits richest in antioxidants and are eaten fresh, dried, baked and in jams.