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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Reka'

Reka Highbush Blueberry


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Reka Highbush Blueberry is a compact upright mounding deciduous shrub with heavy production of firm, sweet-tangy medium to large-sized blueberries that ripen very early and have an extended harvest season.  The elliptical blue-green foliage turns shades of orange-yellow or orange-red in fall.  The white flower clusters bloom in spring.  Grows best with full sun and rich, moist acidic well-drained soils.  Reka should be planted with others to cross-pollinate to increase yield. 

Vaccinium corymbosum are highly valuable for wildlife as well, being listed as a host plant for 32 different butterflies and moths, and provides nectar to several specialized bees.  The berries and branches are good food sources for birds and mammals. 




4' - 6'


4’ - 5'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 8


Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 


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: Bayberry, California Lilac, Thyme

IMAGE: Photo by Bottoms Nursery, Reka Highbush Blueberry

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