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ONeal Southern Highbush Blueberry

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O'Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinum corymbosum 'O'Neal'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  400-500  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early to Very Early
Pollinators:  Star



Special Attributes

A 1987, North Carolina State University release, O'Neal Southern Highbush blueberry has a moderately vigorous, semi-upright, rounded, spreading growth habit. It is a very early season variety (ripens 2-3 weeks before early Rabbiteyes), with an extended ripening period that also makes it an ideal pollinator for other southern highbush varieties. O'Neal produces firm, medium size berries that are a medium-dark blue in color, and have a very sweet, distinctive berry flavor. O'Neal's limber branches, together with its firm texture and good stem scar, make it ideal for commercial plantings/mechanical harvests.




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: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  400-500
Ripens:  Early to Very Early
Pollinators:  Star
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  4-5 feet for hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Medium Dark 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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