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Austin Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Austin Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinum ashei 'Austin'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  500-550  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon

Special Attributes

A 1996, University of Georgia release, Austin Rabbiteye blueberry has a moderately vigorous, upright growth habit. It ripens early, but typically flowers late enough to avoid the damage of potential late frosts/freezes. Austin has demonstrated good production (yields), and its medium-large size berries have good color and flavor. The blueberries produced are relatively firm, and they have a dry stem scar - which together contribute to Austin having good shelf-life, as well. Austin has nice fall foliage which is orange-red in color.

Cultural Preferences

Blueberry plants grow best in an acidic (pH of 4.8 to 5.2), organically rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. The more sun the better for best berry production. The shallow, fibrous roots of blueberry plants like a consistently moist but well-drained soil which can be provided by with a layer of organic mulch. Although blueberries are self-fertile, cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop (larger berries and larger yields). Therefore it is best to plant more than one variety that will bloom at the same time. Blueberry season can be extended by planting early, mid-season and late varieties. Make sure to plant two different cultivars/varieties for each season. USDA Zones: 7b-10b  Find Your Zone >

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  500-550
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon
Height at Maturity:  5-7'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  4 to 5 feet for hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Blue
Fruit Size:  Medium 
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Light Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Rich in organic matter
Drainage/Soil Moisture:  Well drained, moist
Soil pH:  4.5 - 5.5

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