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'Tifblue' Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Tifblue Rabbiteye Blueberry is a vigorous tall upright deciduous shrub with high chill requirement and good production of excellent sweet light blue blueberries that ripen midseason.  Tifblue berries are very tart until fully ripe but turn blue before peak ripeness- pick when the red on the berry is fully gone.   The elliptical bright green foliage turns bright red in fall. Grows best with full sun and rich, moist acidic well-drained soils.  Tifblue should be planted with others to cross-pollinate to increase yield. 

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

8' - 14'

Spread: 

6’ - 10'

Spacing: 

8'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

6 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

Spring, Summer, Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium Maintenance. Water regularly and mulch.  Prune as needed in late winter. Chlorosis may occur in high PH soils.  Blight, rot, anthracnose, canker, and mildew are occasional problems. Blueberry maggot, fruit worms, and spotted wing drosophila can damage the fruit.  Mummy berry is a fungal disease that shrivels and dries the fruit- remove effected fruit immediately if spotted.
LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersNaturalized AreasWoodland Gardens, Rock Gardens, Hedges, Foundation Plantings, Edible Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Hydrangea, Raspberry, Magnolia


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