Highbush Blueberry

Highbush Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants

Height: 6-12'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Organically rich, well drained; prefers acidic.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7

Other Names: Blueberry bush, swamp blueberry, blue huckleberry

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Keystone Value: The Vaccinium (Blueberry) genus supports over 250 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Highbush Blueberry is typically found in moist bogs, swamps, and low areas. It grows best in rich, acidic soil having good drainage, due to its shallow roots. Blueberries self-fertilize, but cross pollination can produce larger berries. Its best to pinch off flowers for the first two years, making it easier for the plant to establish itself. Berries can be eaten alone or made into pies, jams, jellies and more. As you could guess, this species has high wildlife value, not just for its berries, but also for pollinators. It hosts many different butterflies, such as the Striped Hairstreak, Spring Azure, Brown Elfin, Henry’s Elfin (pictured above).


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Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Organically rich, well drained; prefers acidic.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Blueberry bush, swamp blueberry, blue huckleberry

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