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O'Neal Early Season Blueberry

Vaccinium x 'O'Neal' (Southern Highbush)

Pronunciation: vak-SIN-ee-um
SKU #02173
5-9

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Spring flowers, followed by summer fruit.
Mature Size Moderate growing; rounded, spreading form reaches 5 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Easy Care, Fall Color, Low Chill Requirement, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Edible, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Magnolia (Magnolia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Flowering Currant (Ribes); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Bayberry (Myrica)
CARE
Care 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.

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