O'Neal Early Season Blueberry

Vaccinium x 'O'Neal' (Southern Highbush)

SKU
02173
Often considered to have the best flavor of the Southern Highbush varieties, with large dark blue fruit that matures very early and for an extensive season. A self-fertile variety that needs only 400 hours of winter chill to bear fruit. Attractive gray-green foliage remains evergreen in mild winters; turns brilliant red before falling in colder climates.
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5 - 9

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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationvak-SIN-ee-um
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; rounded, spreading form reaches 5 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring flowers, followed by summer fruit.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAzalea & Camellia Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Fall Color, Low Chill Requirement, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

Provide rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an root system. In extremely hot, arid summer areas, best with some shelter from harsh, reflected afternoon sun. Before new growth begins, prune off twiggy growth, leaving only main stems to prevent overbearing.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5 - 9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 7

Good to grow!