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Blue Suede Southern Highbush Blueberry

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NEW PLANT FOR 2018!

Blue Suede Southern Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinum corymbosum 'TH-682' PP21222


USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9a  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  500-550  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinators:  BiloxiCooperOnealStar



Special Attributes

‘Blue Suede™’ produces an abundance of attractive, light-blue fruit and berries are generally large and have excellent flavor. The plant is vigorous, and its attractive blue-green foliage turning to deep red in fall makes it a fine selection for use in the edible landscape. It ripens early comparable to rabbiteye cultivars. Blue Suede is self-pollinating (self-fertile), so there's no need to plant other blueberry varieties for cross pollination or berry production. 

Origin

Blue Suede™ is a new southern highbush blueberry jointly released by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service for the homeowner market. 

‘Blue Suede™’ was first selected in 2001 at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, GA, by D. Scott NeSmith. It originated from a crossing of MS-122 × MS-6 made by Mark Ehlenfeldt, USDA-ARS, Chatsworth, NJ. The pedigree for the new cultivar shows it is a hybrid containing considerable Vaccinium corymbosum L. and V. darrowii 'Camp' with a small amount of V. ashei 'Reade' coming through ‘Sharpblue’ (Lyrene and Sherman, 1992). Although from a more recent cross, ‘Blue Suede™’ has the same pedigree as the commercial southern highbush releases ‘Camellia’ and ‘Gupton’.




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: 6a-9a  Find Your Zone >
Chilling Hours:  500-550
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinators:  Biloxi, CooperOnealStar
Height at Maturity:  3-5'
Width at Maturity:  3-5'
Spacing: 2-3 feet for hedge; 8'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Light Blue
Fruit Size:  Large
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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