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VACCINIUM 'Northcountry'

Image of Vaccinium 'Northcountry'

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

VACCINIUM 'Northcountry'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Blueberry, North Country Blueberry

General Description

Combining the more upright habit and larger fruits of northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) with the compactness and exceptional cold-hardiness of lowbush blueberry (V. angustifolium), this "half-high" cultivar bears quantities of medium-sized mildly flavored sky-blue berries in early summer. The firm succulent fruits are preceded by small white urn-shaped flowers. The broad upright knee-high plants have oval dark green leaves that turn brilliant orange and red in fall.

Like all blueberries, this University of Minnesota introduction flourishes in moist well drained acidic soil in full to partial sun. Mulch around it to maintain moisture and to protect the root zone from weeds and disturbance. For maximum fruit production, team it with another half-high blueberry. Protect plants from wind, hot afternoon sun, and hungry songbirds. An excellent variety for commercial growers, it also works well in the culinary or ornamental garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-40" / 45.7cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    30"-60" / 76.2cm - 152.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red

  • Bark Color

    Green, Burgundy, Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No