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VACCINIUM ashei 'Tifblue'

Image of Vaccinium ashei 'Tifblue'

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

VACCINIUM ashei 'Tifblue'

Plant Common Name

Rabbiteye Blueberry, Tifblue Blueberry

General Description

Valued for its flavorful fruits and its tolerance of hot humid summers, rabbiteye blueberry is a medium-sized deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub native to the southeastern United States. Introduced in 1955 and still the most widely grown rabbiteye cultivar, 'Tifblue' bears white or pale pink flowers in early spring, followed in about 86 days by tasty pale blue berries. The bluish-green leaves turn red in autumn in colder zones.

This plant prefers moist, acidic, well-drained, peaty soil in full sun or light shade. Unlike northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum), it tolerates heat and mild-winter climates, requiring only 550 to 600 hours below 45 degrees F. It is thus suitable for areas such as California and the far southern United States. Grow it in the culinary garden for its fruit, or as an ornamental in borders or hedges.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Light Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hedges, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No