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Blueberry bushes are one of the easiest and lowest maintenance fruit plants to grow. That said, to get abundant crops of blueberry fruits, it is beneficial to select the right varieties.

To an extent, blueberry bushes are self-pollinating. However, fruit will be larger and yields much greater if plants are cross-pollinated. This means you want to plant at least two varieties of blueberry bushes. And you want to plant them relatively close to each other so bees and wind can more effectively cross-pollinate the flowers.

When selecting blueberry bush varieties to grow, keep in mind that both varieties of blueberries involved in cross-pollination need to meet these two basic requirements:

  •  Both varieties should have bloom times that are at the same time of the season

  •  Both varieties are listed as hardy to grow in your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Use the Blueberry bush variety list and information below to help select just the right rabbiteye or southern highbush varieties to grow. 

Helpful Tip:  If you want to extend the blueberry harvest season, choose a combination of early, mid, and late ripening varieties. Just remember you have to select two different varieties for each ripening season. 


Definitions:

Chill Hours:  Number of total accumulated hours in a growing season that air temperatures are below 45F (7C) degrees. Chill Hours are critical to a plant's fruit production.

Pollinators:  Blueberry varieties that are known to be effective at cross-pollinating with other varieties



Rabbiteye Blueberry Varieties

Note:  Click on any blueberry variety to find more information and/or to purchase


Alapaha  more info >
Pollinators:  Brightwell, Bonita, Climax, Premier, Vernon
USDA Zones:  7b-9b
Chill Hours:  450
Ripening Period: Early


Alice Blue   more info >
Pollinators:  Climax
USDA Zones:  7b-9b
Chill Hours:  400
Ripening Period:  Very Early


Austin   more info >
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon
USDA Zones:  7b-9b
Chill Hours:  500-550
Ripening Period:  Early


Baldwin   more info >
USDA Zones:  7b-9b
Chill Hours:  450-500+
Ripening Period:  Late


Becky Blue   more info >
Pollinators:  AlapahaAustinClimaxPremierVernon
USDA Zones:  6b-9b
Chill Hours:  300-400
Ripening Period:  Early


Bonita   more info >
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon
USDA Zones:  7b-9b
Chill Hours:  350-400
Ripening Period:  Early


Brightwell   more info
Pollinators:  Alapaha, Austin, BonitaPremierVernon
USDA Zones:  6b-9b
Chill Hours:  350-400
Ripening Period:  Early


Centurion  more info
Pollinators:   BrightwellOchlockoneePowderblue
USDA Zones:  7a-8b
Chill Hours:  550-650+
Ripening Period:  Late


Chaucer   more info >
Pollinators:  ColumbusPowderblue, Tifblue
USDA Zones:  7b-9b
Chill Hours:  350-450
Ripening Period:  Mid


Climax   more info >
Pollinators:  AlapahaAustinPremier
USDA Zones:  6b-9b
Chill Hours:  450-500
Ripening Period:  Early


Columbus   more info >
Pollinators:  ChaucerPowderblueTifblue
USDA Zones:  7a-9b
Chill Hours:  600-700
Ripening Period:  Early to Mid


Delite   more info >
Pollinators:  BrightwellOchlockoneePowderblue
USDA Zones:  6b-9b
Chill Hours:  500
Ripening Period:  Late


Ochlockonee   more info >
Pollinators:   BrightwellDelitePowderblue
USDA Zones:  7b-9b
Chill Hours:  600-650
Ripening Period:  Late


Powderblue   more info >
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellDeliteOchlockoneeTifblue
USDA Zones:  7a-9a
Chill Hours:  550-600+
Ripening Period:  Mid to Late


Premier   more info
Pollinators:  AustinBrightwell
USDA Zones:  7a-9a
Chill Hours:  450-500
Ripening Period:  Early to Mid


Southland   more info >
Pollinators:  BrightwellDeliteTifblue
USDA Zones:  7b-9a
Chill Hours:  350+
Ripening Period:  Mid


Tifblue   more info >
USDA Zones:  8a-9b(10a?)
Chill Hours:  600-650+
Ripening Period:  Mid


Titan   more info >
USDA Zones:  6a-9a
Chill Hours:  450-500
Ripening Period:  Mid to Late


Vernon   more info >
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwell
USDA Zones:  6b-9a
Chill Hours:  450-550
Ripening Period:  Early


Woodard   more info >
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon
USDA Zones:  8a-10
Chill Hours:  3000-350
Ripening Period:  Early




Southern Highbush Blueberry Varieties



Biloxi   more info >
Pollinators:  Misty, Star
USDA Zones:  8a-10b
Chill Hours:  150-200
Ripening Period:  Early


Blue Suede  more info >
Pollinators:  BiloxiCooperOnealStar
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-9a
Chilling Hours:  500-550
Ripens:  Early season


Cooper   more info >
Pollinators:  Georgia Gem 
USDA Zones:  8a-10b
Chill Hours:  400-500
Ripening Period:  Early


Georgia Gem   more info >
Pollinators:  Cooper, Jubilee
USDA Zones:  7a-9b
Chill Hours:  350-400
Ripening Period:  Early to Mid


Jubilee   more info >
Pollinators:  Georgia Gem 
USDA Zones:  5a-9b
Chill Hours:  500-600
Ripening Period:  Mid


Misty   more info >
Pollinators:  Biloxi 
USDA Zones:  5a-10a
Chill Hours:  200-300
Ripening Period:  Early to Mid


O'Neal   more info >
Pollinators:  Star
USDA Zones:  5a-9b
Chill Hours:  400-500
Ripening Period:  Very Early


Pearl River   more info >
Pollinators:  Jubilee
USDA Zones:  7b-9a
Chill Hours:  500
Ripening Period:  Mid


Star   more info >
Pollinators:  O'Neal
USDA Zones:  8a-10b
Chill Hours:  400-500
Ripening Period:  Very Early to Early




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