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Columbus Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Columbus Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinum ashei 'Columbus'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  600-700  Learn more here
Ripens:  Mid to Late season
Pollinators:  ChaucerPowderblueTifblue



Special Attributes

A 2002, North Carolina State University release, Columbus is one of the newer Rabbiteye blueberry introductions, and ripens mid-late season (typically a few days earlier than Powderblue and Tifblue). It is high yielding, and its fruit has an excellent, distinctly sweet flavor. The overall quality of the Columbus blueberries is judged by many to be among the best - and it has demonstrated excellent shelf-life characteristics, as well.




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: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  600-700
Ripens:  Mid to Late season
Pollinators:  ChaucerPowderblueTifblue
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  4 to 5 feet for hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Light Medium 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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