Vaccinium x 'ORUS-61-1' Plant Patent #24,209Item #9739 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
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Perpetua produces two crops of delicious blueberries! The first fruit will appear after the spring bloom in midsummer, then it reblooms in summer, providing a late season crop in the fall. The dark green leaves will turn to deep red and greens in the winter, making it a beautiful year-long addition to any landscape. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Upright, vase-shaped habit reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:vak-SIN-ee-umPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Upright, vase-shaped habit reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Spring, and again in summer, producing two crops of fruit.Flower color:WhitePatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Companion PlantsMagnolia (Magnolia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Flowering Currant (Ribes); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Bayberry (Myrica)
- CareCare InformationProvide rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun in very hot, arid climates. Water deeply and regularly. Before new growth begins in early spring feed with an acidic fertilizer, and prune away dead or non-fruiting wood to promote growth and berry production. Recommended winter chill: 1,000 hours.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Perpetua was developed by Chad Finn at the USDA-ARS in collaboration with Oregon State University. Discovered in Corvallis, Oregon, originating from open pollinated seed of CVAC 45 (PI 296412) in the USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository. CVAC 45 was collected from the wild in 1963 in Monmouth, Me., listed as Vaccinium corymbosum L. (highbush blueberry) by the USDA-ARS GRIN database. Because this parent plant's characteristics are intermediate to those of V. corymbosum and V. angustifolium Aiton (lowbush blueberry, and both species are found in the region where the accession was collected, CVAC 45 is presumed to be a hybrid between the two species. Perpetua is unique in that it produces flower buds that break without winter dormancy, then flowers again to produce a a late season crop. While many blueberries will produce a few fruit in the fall at the tips of new growth, 'Perpetua' will produce on 12-16 nodes of new growth.
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