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Blue Ray Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray'

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Blue Ray Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray') at Gertens

Blue Ray Blueberry fruit

Blue Ray Blueberry fruit

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Blue Ray Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray') at Gertens

Blue Ray Blueberry flowers

Blue Ray Blueberry flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Group/Class:  Highbush Blueberry

Description:

A popular shrub for its abundance of large dusty blue fruit in summer, pretty pink bell-shaped flowers and good fall color, bushy and upright growing; blueberries need highly acidic soil, perfect drainage and mulch, plant with peat moss

Edible Qualities

Blue Ray Blueberry is a medium-sized shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces clusters of blue round berries which are usually ready for picking from early to mid summer. The berries have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves

Features & Attributes

Blue Ray Blueberry features dainty clusters of shell pink bell-shaped flowers with pink overtones hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding purple in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent blue berries in mid summer. The smooth brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Blue Ray Blueberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Blue Ray Blueberry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Gertens Catalog Sizes and Pricing

#1 container - $12.99

*Sizes and pricing subject to change. Please contact store for more information

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features