Lowbush Blueberry, Early Lowbush Blueberry, Low Sweet Blueberry, Wild Lowbush Blueberry
- Main interest:
- edible fruit, very hardy, drought tolerant, attracts birds
- full sun to partial shade
- Soil humidity:
- dry to moist soil
- Flower colour:
- pink-tinged white
- Flowering period:
- May to June
- glossy, blue-green
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 2a: -45.5 °C (-50 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 2 ft (0.6 m) width: 2 ft (0.6 m)
- fruit production, edible garden, border, mass planting, small garden, container
Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) are tiny, low-growing shrubs with dark blue and intensely sweet berries. Growing only 6 inches to 2 feet tall and wide, they make a wonderful border, or planter fill. Wild Lowbush Blueberry have multiple, leggy branches; and pretty, glossy foliage that turns from red-green in spring to dark blue-green in summer, to maroon-purple in fall. Small, white, pink-tinged, bell-shaped flowers bloom May and June. They are followed by sweet, edible fruit that attracts birds and wildlife.
Low Sweet Blueberry are indigenous to Eastern and Central Canada, and will grow in full sun to part shade. A very winter hardy (to USDA Zone 2) and pest resistant.
Early Lowbush Blueberry has specific soil requirments. It need well-drained acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.0. If the starting pH of your soil is between 5.1 and 6.2 it could be lowered by adding some sulfur.However, if the pH of your soil is above 6.2, it will be difficult to bring the pH low enough (even by adding sulfur). In that last scenario, it is recommended to grow Lowbush Blueberry in pot with specialized (acidic) soil media.
Also known as: Common Lowbush Blueberry, Sweet Lowbush Blueberry, Sweet Hurts, Upland Lowbush Blueberry, Late Sweet Blueberry, Late Lowbush Blueberry