A look at 21 types of blueberries:
Since we live in the Northern part of the United States, we grow and sell northern highbush variety only. There are over one hundred different northern
highbush variety. We have decided to propagate 21 different varieties. These 21 varieties have been selected because they represent a broad range of grower preferences, from the
home gardener all the way to the commercial propagator. Listed below are the 21 chosen variety by order of ripening.
Earliblue (Zones 7 – 5)
Very early. Large, light blue fruit. Sweet flavored berries. Avoid frost pockets and areas where soil is poorly drained.
Bluetta (Zones 7 - 4)
Early. Medium-sized, dark blueberries. Mildly sweet flavored. Short, compact bush. 3 to 4 feet at maturity. Slightly more productive than Earliblue.
Duke (Zones 7 – 4)
Early. Large firm, light blue fruit with a mild flavor. One of the leading northern highbush varieties. Blooms late, but ripens early. Duke is a very heavy and consistent producer. They average over 20 pounds per bush at maturity.
Spartan (Zones 7 – 5)
Early. Very large, light blue fruit. Average sized can cover a quarter. 5 to 6 feet at maturity. Spartan requires a well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter present in soil.
Patriot (Zones 7 – 3)
Early. Very large, dark blue fruit. Excellent flavor. Small, dry picking scar. Production is high. Expect 10 to 20 pounds per bush at maturity. Low growing, spreading bush. Up to 4 feet high at maturity and does well in wet soils.
Bluejay (Zones 7 – 4)
Early to Midseason. Medium sized, light blue fruit. Small, dry picking scar. Very firm with thick skin. A very fast grow, almost twice as fast as other varieties. Expect 6 to 7 feet tall at maturity. Does well with mechanical harvesting.
Northland (Zones 7 – 3)
Early to Midseason. Fruit is medium blue, very sweet, and medium sized. Only reaches about 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall at maturity. Very productive. It often yields around 20 pounds per bush at maturity. Does well in cold weather.
Blueray (Zones 7 – 4)
Midseason. Very large, powder blue berries with great flavor. Bush grows to about 5 feet tall at maturity. Does well with machine picking after the first manual picking.
Chandler (Zones 7 – 4)
Midseason to Late. Produces the largest blueberry.
Medium color. Medium picking scar. Excellent flavor. Long ripening season usually averaging 4 to 6 weeks. Chandler berries can usually cover a quarter in size but some are actually larger. Bush can reach 5 to 6 feet tall at maturity.
Toro (Zones 7 – 4)
Midseason. Consistently large fruit. Makes heavy clusters of sky blue fruit similar to grape clusters. Mild flavor. Medium picking scar. Does not do well with machine harvesting until first hand picking.
Hardyblue (Zones 7 – 4)
Midseason. Very productive, medium sized, light blueberries with a very sweet flavor. Does well with a variety of soil types.
Bluecrop (Zones 7 – 4)
Midseason. Very large, light blue fruit. Very productive. Small picking scar. One of the best varieties for consistent yields. Also, the leading commercial variety in North America. Bush grows 4 to 6 feet tall at maturity. Does well with machine harvesting.
Bluegold (Zones 7 – 4)
Midseason. Firm, large clusters of berries. Bluegold hasa heavy fruiting habit. Compact, round bush up to 4 feet tall at maturity. Perfect for landscaping and flower beds.
Olympia (Zones 7 – 5)
Midseason. Medium blue, medium size fruit. Small picking scar. Thin skin. Said to be one of the best flavored berry. Adapts well to most soils. Good for machine harvesting.
Berkeley (Zones 7 – 5)
Late Midseason. Medium to large berry. Powder blue fruit with mild flavor. Bush grows 5 to 6 feet high and wide at maturity.
Rubel (Zones 7 – 4)
Late Midseason. Very consistent producer of quite small fruit. Considered a wild blueberry. Rubel was introduced in 1912. Rubel is said to have twice the level of antioxidant compounds than the average berry. Bush grows to about 6 feet tall at maturity.
Legacy (Zones 8 – 5)
Late. Medium sized, light blue fruit. Great flavor. Very small picking scar. Bush grows 6 to 7 feet tall at maturity. Legacy actually keeps its leaves during the winter. Foliage will turn bright orange in colder climates but stay green in mild to warm climates. Very heavy producer.
Brigitta (Zones 7 – 4)
Late. Medium/large, light blue fruit with a small picking scar.
Can be firm and slightly tart. Bush can grow up to 6 feet tall at maturity. Know to be a high producer of late ripening, high quality fruit.
Jersey (Zones 7 – 4)
Late. Medium blue. Medium to small sized fruit. One of the oldest but most dependable varieties. Adapts well in most soils. Very sweet fruit. Consistently high yields. Does well with mechanical harvesting. Often reaching 7 feet tall at maturity.
Darrow (Zones 7 – 5)
Late. Very large, light blue fruit. Firm with a large picking scar. Tart in flavor. Reach 5 to 6 feet tall at maturity. Some Darrow berries can reach quarter to half dollar size. Does not do well with machine harvesting.
Elliot (Zones 7 – 4)
Very late. Medium sized, powder blue fruit. Slightly tart, firm berries with small picking scar. Considered a fall bearing blueberry. In most Northern areas, Elliot can produce right through September.
Split Rock Blueberry Farm
472 Mingle Inn Road
Berwick, PA 18603
Phone: 570 752 0800
IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT 2015 SEASON:
Unfortunately due to our extensive & ongoing renovations and current situations in our family, we find it necessary to take this year off. We feel that our renovations will help us to become a better farm and will help our farm to better serve our community and surrounding areas. The wet weather (and our irrigation system) has been wonderful for our blueberry bushes. They just love water! They are putting up new growth like crazy, which is where your fruit comes the following year. We want to express how appreciative and thankful we are for your understanding and patience during this transition time. We are looking forward to an outstanding 2016 season! Thank you again for your support!
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