Plant Common Name
Hybrid Blueberry, Polaris Blueberry
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 sweet light-blue berries in early summer. The firm crispy aromatic fruits are delicious fresh, preserved, baked, or frozen. They are preceded by small white urn-shaped flowers. The broad upright waist-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. Self-infertile, it requires a companion half-high blueberry for pollination and fruiting. Protect plants from wind, hot afternoon sun, and hungry songbirds. An excellent variety for commercial growers, this handsome cultivar also works well in the culinary or ornamental garden.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Container, Edible, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Sharp or Has Thorns