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Types of Blueberries

Rabbiteye blueberries

Blueberries come in five main species:

  • 1. Lowbush, also known as “wild” blueberries
  • 2. Northern highbush
  • 3. Southern highbush
  • 4. Rabbiteye
  • 5. Half-high

Within those major varieties of blueberries, you’ll find an assortment of cultivars. Cultivars are cultivated varieties (hence the name culti-var), often propagated by taking stem cuttings from the plant; they do not come from seeds. If the cutting thrives, it will maintain the characteristics of its parent plant. But if you try growing new plants from the seeds of the cultivars, you may not get what you expect. So, best to go with a cutting or a new live plant if you’ve found a cultivar that works for you.
All blueberries fall into these scientific classifications:

Kingdom: Plantae (plants)
Order: Ericales (flowering plants)
Family: Ericaceae (heath family)
Genus: Vaccinium L. (blueberry)

Our Plant Profiles is just a sampling of blueberry plants you might want to consider for your garden. When in doubt, consult with your local garden center for ideas and advice. And always test your soil before planting. The wrong pH will doom your plants to failure.

When it comes to picking the perfect blueberry bush, it’s all about location, location, location! Some plants thrive in warmer regions; others like a little time to cool off.

What types of blueberries do you grow? In what area do you live? Care to share your blueberry growing tips for your region? Please comment below!


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