Highbush Blueberry – northern varieties

Vaccinium corymbosum L.

The highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) belongs to the Ericaceae family. In moderate climate, it grows into a bush reaching up to 2-2.5 m high. It yields berries approximately 3 cm across, gathered in bunches. They have high nutritional value and are extremely tasty. The blueberry requires light, humus rich and acidic soils. Many varieties of the highbush Blueberry were obtained due to the cultivation works conducted mainly in the USA. They differ chiefly with morphologic features but also with the ripening time, the length of dormancy indispensable for good fruit bearing, high yielding and cold hardiness and resistance to diseases.