Varieties of Blueberries

Think you know something about blueberries...well, here are a few blueberry descriptions:

Duke – Early season, medium large sweet and firm berries. Upright growth 4 t 6 ft with orange and yellow fall color. Duke is the most widely planted early ripening northern variety. It is a heavy, consistent producer with an attractive, firm, light blue high quality berry. Duke blooms late but ripens early, which protects the blossoms from early spring frosts.

Patriot – Early season, large tangy sweet berries. Open spreading growth 3 to 5 ft with red, orange, and yellow fall color. Patriot is good for home gardeners who desire a cold-hardy variety that bears consistent crops. It is adaptable to many soil types and may perform better in wetter soils than many other varieties. Patriot makes an excellent landscape variety with its showy white blooms in the spring, dark green summer foliage, and fiery orange-red fall colors.

Sierra – Early mid-season, very large, sweet berries. Upright open growth 4 to 6 ft with red and orange fall colors. The vigorous, fast growing bush is adaptable to many soil types and makes an excellent selection for hedgerows. Sierra's distinctively flat, quarter-sized berries are borne on loose clusters over the outer periphery of the bush.

Blueray – Mid-season, very large sweet berries. Open spreading growth 4 to 6 ft with bright red and yellow fall color. An old favorite and versatile variety, Blueray performs particularly well in areas with hot summers or very cold winters, and produces high quality berries with outstanding dessert flavor. The stunning rosy pink flowers turn bright white when in full bloom.

Bluecrop – Mid-season, large sweet berries. Open upright growth 4 to 6 ft with bright red fall color. Considered the best all around variety for adaptability, consistent yields, high quality fruit and disease resistance. Bluecrop is perhaps the most widely planted variety in the U.S.

Draper - Mid-season cultivar, with large, crisp, delicious powder-blue blueberries that grow in loose clusters. Large upright stocky and vigorous growth 5 to 6 ft. Draper is highly productive with outstanding fresh market quality berries. The berries have excellent post-harvest color retention and superior shelf life.

Brigitta – Mid-late to late season, medium large sweet tart berries. Upright open growth 5 to 7 ft with orange, red and burgundy fall color. An easy to grow, vigorous hybrid from Australia yields one of the highest quality berries available. The flavor strikes a perfect balance — sweet yet slightly tart. Brigitta berries possess an amazing shelf life, maintaining high quality in the refrigerator for over a month. The bush is a fast grower with deep green foliage and bronze tinted new growth. Liberty - Late season, large, very flavorful and firm berries. This is a new variety that is a cross of Brigitta x Elliot with heavy production having an upright growth habit spreading open when full of berries. Cold hardy and can grow to 7 or 8' tall with bright red/orange fall color.

Elliot – Very late season, medium large tangy berries. Upright growth 4 to 6 ft with deep red, wine fall color. With this variety, you can enjoy fresh berries clear through September. Bright burgundy colored wood accents the grey-green foliage and sky blue berries. It has a late bloom period that avoids most spring frosts and the typically heavy bud set results in very high yields of fruit that have good storage life. The berry can be tart unless picked fully ripe.

Aurora – Very late season, large, tangy, sweet tart berries. Spreading growth 4 to 6 ft with red and burgundy fall color. Aurora is the latest ripening highbush variety with a high yield capacity and excellent storage life. Aurora berries can be tart unless harvested when fully ripe. Slightly sweeter than Elliot.

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