Vaccinium corymbosum
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Vaccinium corymbosum

high bush blueberry
swamp blueberry

  family ericaceae 
  genus vaccinium 

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Genus  Vaccinium Species  corymbosum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  high bush blueberry   swamp blueberry Family  ERICACEAE Specimen number  S11964 Data source  GrUnFr p43;HtZn p178;UnFruit pp185-196
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6" - 12' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 04-05 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 02a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Vaccinium corymbosum has an attractive autumn display of leaves. High bush blueberry (also known as swamp blueberry) can survive the coldest of winter climates with annual temperatures as low as -50� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species likes full sun to partial shade. It likes moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  bright fall colored leaves Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The berries are edible. It is less sweet than V. angustifolium, but more aromatic. Among its many possible uses in the kitchen, Vaccinium corymbosum is often used in jelly and in sweets. High bush blueberry (sometimes called swamp blueberry) is most often used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style  Bush Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Jul 01 - Jul 31 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Jelly   Sweets Nutritional value  Edible parts  Berries Description of edible parts edible Flavor / texture  less sweet than V. angustifolium, but more aromatic
Horticulture notes  Vaccinium corymbosum is self fertile. Harvesting usually occurs in July.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Vaccinium corymbosum is a woody perennial. High bush blueberry (locally known in some parts as swamp blueberry) is deciduous in nature. Flowers begin in March and don't stop until May. The blossoms are typically of a white color.

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