Published on March 12, 2012 by Amy
Clusters of dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blue berries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. ‘Blue Jay’ is a very vigorous grower with heavy fruit set.
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Flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators
Larval food source for several butterflies
The fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife
Plants provide good nesting sites, cover and fruit for birds
Vigorous grower with heavy fruit set
Plant more than one variety to ensure best fruit set
Great fall color and a good replacement for Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips
Plant in full sun to part shade. (Plant more than one variety to insure best fruit set). Grows best in acidic (pH of 4.8 to 5.2), organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. Best to remove flowers from plants in the year of planting and in the following year so as to prevent fruit set and to encourage new vegetative growth. Prune as needed in late winter beginning in the third year after planting.
Open or wooded swamps and bogs, old fields and and watersides; Nova Scotia to Michigan south to Texas and northern Florida.
Highbush blueberries have high iron content and are rich in carbohydrates and low in fat. They have loads of vitamins C, K & A, as well as manganese, and are a good source of dietary fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from aging.