Highbush Blueberry – southern varieties

Vaccinium corymbosum L.

The highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) belongs to the Ericaceae family. In moderate climate, it grows into a shrub reaching up to 2-2.5m high. It yields berries up to 3cm across which are gathered in bunches. They have high nutritional values 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 mainly 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.