LARGE, FLAVORFUL BERRIES THAT ARE JUICY AND DELICIOUS
- Beautiful white blooms appear in spring before transforming into delicious berries
- Best used in baking or jams and jellies
- Green foliage turns a vibrant orange in fall
- Cold hardy and disease resistant
- Self-pollinating, so only one plant is needed for fruit
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Due to federal and state laws, we are unable to ship bare root bundles to: GA, MI
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 5-7' tall
- Mature Width: 5-7' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade
- Spacing: 5-7' apart
Why plant Duke Highbush Blueberry?
Professional berry growers favor Duke Highbush Blueberry for its many fine qualities. This superior selection wins out by virtue of its strong growth, hardiness, and productivity, and its medium-large fruits are uniform and taste pleasantly tart, like a blueberry should. Go with the pros’ choice in your own garden. With Duke Blueberry, you’ll have loads of picture-perfect fruit that tastes delicious! Blueberry pie, blueberry cobbler, blueberry muffins, blueberry smoothies—imagine how many treats you will make with them! Every year, you’ll look forward to berry season and coming up with new ways to enjoy them. Scrumptious.
So many of the plants we grow for food come from distant places. The Highbush Blueberry is a homegrown American native. It grows in the wild from Maine all the way to Florida, ranging westward to Minnesota and Louisiana. Over the years, plant breeders have worked to improve the size, flavor, and quantity of its berries. Duke resulted from a cross made by USDA Blueberry hybridizer Arlen Draper in the 1960s. It stood out for the reasons mentioned above, as well as for the fruit’s good keeping qualities and the satisfying way the berries “pop” in your mouth. It was introduced to the public in 1987.
How to use Duke Highbush Blueberry in the landscape?
Take the time to appreciate Duke Highbush Blueberry’s exquisite flowers in the spring. The dainty white blossoms, shaped like tiny, upside-down urns, make a pleasing show. You’ll also enjoy the glowing orange-yellow color that Duke’s foliage takes on in fall. A delightful Accent with or without fruit!
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
How To Plant Duke Highbush Blueberry
Acid soil is key to growing Blueberries successfully. These peat-loving Accents require very low–pH conditions in order to thrive. If your soil isn’t naturally acidic, you may want to grow Duke Blueberry in a large container or raised bed. Give it all-day sun if possible and use lots of organic matter—both as a soil amendment and as mulch. Duke Blueberry is self-pollinating, so you don’t need to plant another variety nearby. It’s perfect for owners of small gardens who don’t have the space for multiple plants.
How To Water
Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water very slowly and very thoroughly. The water needs to reach to the bottom of the root ball and that takes time. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Not much pruning is required, however, you can prune in late winter to early sprung to thin out the branching. This will help maintain the plant size and make harvesting easier.
How Does Shipping Work?
Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.
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