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One of the first blueberries of the season. Well-shaped, upright and vigorous plants with dark green foliage. Produces reliable crops of aromatic, light-blue berries. Fruit is best fresh, but also good in pies and jam. Developed in 1936, introduced in 1952. Ripens in June. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops if pollinated with Bluecrop or Jersey.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 5.5
Taste Sweet; Good Flavor
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 6' tall x 4 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best results.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow blueberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
This variety produces early
Judith S on Jan 22, 2021
Will try in Oklahoma weather
Barry P on Oct 20, 2020
This variety produces early
Judith S on Jan 22, 2021
adding to the ones i already have
william l on Dec 28, 2020
Will try in Oklahoma weather
Barry P on Oct 20, 2020
It is an early blueberry variety.
Clark G on Oct 5, 2020
Earliblue was highly recommended by Rhode Island growers and Cooperative extension resources.
Maude C on Sep 29, 2020
Cross pollinator
Ashley on Sep 25, 2020
description by stork brothers
James T on Sep 19, 2020
Reviews were good, compatible to my area
Gib F on Sep 18, 2020
We have a 2 plants and need some more.
Mary Ellen W on Aug 3, 2020
Very early firm, sweet berry
Easy to pick
Barbara L on Aug 1, 2020
Enrico S on Jul 22, 2020
other plant harvests in July. This one is before so I don't have all at once.
Barbara S on Jul 18, 2020
cross pollinator
Mary S on Jul 13, 2020
The description says the berries ripen in June. We live in an area where invasive insects destroy blueberries, but the caterpillars emerge in July. By selecting these varieties, we hope to harvest the fruit before the arrival of the pests.
Mary V on Mar 21, 2020
This was a recommended variety for companion pollinator plant for my Bluecrop by Stark Bros.
Ann B on Feb 29, 2020
Been trying to find varieties that will grow here
Rhonda E on Feb 26, 2020
Early harvest (June) and to help increase Jersey yield due to cross pollination.
Janet G on Feb 21, 2020
wanted to try it
JOHN K on Feb 20, 2020
Vicki G on Feb 14, 2020
this is complemented by at least two of the heirloom collection
Nathan N on Feb 7, 2020
the berry size
Mark F on Feb 4, 2020
Product description. Wanting early to late blueberries.
David M on Feb 3, 2020
I added Earliblue as my earliest blueberry bush so I???d have berries in early, mid, and late seasons
Pamela L on Jan 23, 2020
To add more pollinators and because it ripened early.
Martha S on Nov 21, 2019
Early harvest and companion pollinator
SHARON M on Sep 22, 2019
I order three different blueberry plants so that I can get fresh berries in June, July, and August.
Susan S on Jul 24, 2019
Because it is an early producing berry.
Mark P on Jul 4, 2019
We are from out west where blueberries don't grow too well so we are excited to now live in the midwest and hope to make a go of this!
Paul C on Jun 1, 2019
Very nice producer of flavorful berries and a great cross pollinator
Paul M on Apr 28, 2019
I chose each bush because they are compatible with each other and will giving me the longest growing season with an early, mid and late variety.
Debra Q on Apr 20, 2019
For cross pollination
Carla S on Mar 2, 2019
In northern Ohio this has been my best producer.
Wayne H on Jan 11, 2019
Produces early when my other bushes do so I can can or freeze quantities.
Chris R on Sep 4, 2017
This is a replacement for an Earliblue blueberry which we had for probably 25 years.. It had produced huge amounts of sweet berries until a few years ago. We tried pruning the old one but accidentally overdid it. We have been missing its sweet berries so chose another of the same variety to replace it.
Sheryl V on May 7, 2017
It has a good flavor and grows well.
Christy J on Jan 10, 2017
good complement to bluecrop and jersey as a pollinator and to stagger production
philip B on Jul 2, 2016
Good flavor.
Aaron N on Apr 25, 2016
additional variety to my current bushes
CINDY V on Apr 24, 2016
adding to the ones i already have
william l on Dec 28, 2020
It is an early blueberry variety.
Clark G on Oct 5, 2020
How large is the berry on the Earliblue berry bush?
Earliblue bush on Jan 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: With proper nutrients, water and sun, the berries are typically medium-sized, about 1/2" diameter.
Ship how? Inches, feet, barefoot?
McDonald m on Feb 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The age and size information for our blueberries is as follows: 4??? pot: 6-12 months old and 4??? tall; Small gallon container: 2 years old and 12??? tall. Our blueberries will typically take 2-3 years after planting to reach maturity and bear fruit.
Is this variety able to handle hot summers? I live just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and the summers here are FULL SUN and hot, 90s and occasionally 100 plus.
Carl H on Dec 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is rated for up to zone 7 I advise something a little more heat tolerant such as the Misty or the Sweet heart variety.
Can I plant an Earliblue bush in an 18" round and 18" deep pot?
Samantha R on Mar 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: yes you can but they will do much better in the ground
I've got a Earliblue and a bluecrop in 2 separate pots measuring 20.5 inches wide by 10 inches deep. Pots have drainage holes and about 1 inch of gravel in the bottom to assist drainage. Will this size and configuration be adequate for the life of the plants or will I need bigger pots at some point?
Trace-Keir C on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: when I planted these in the ground I gave them 36" diameter 18" deep hole for each plant. In a container that small they will quickly become root bound, maybe even this first year. I would consider doubling the container at the end of the year, or planting them in the ground
Is this variety able to handle hot summers? I live just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and the summers here are FULL SUN and hot, 90s and occasionally 100 plus.
Carl H on Dec 6, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Earliblue Blueberry
My plants arrived in excellent condition and they are growing very vigorously in my garden. They also did very well in Michigan harsh winters. I will expect a small crop in about two years. I would recommend this variety if you like an early crop. I will rate this variety five stars due to vigorous growth, large berries, disease resistance, and it will bear an early crop.
August 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
Earliblues are setting fruit earlier
I have 6 earliblue plants which are near Bluecrop and Jerseyblue. The leaves are darker in color and as of May 8 in SW Missouri the Earliblue plants have set a lot of fruit, definitely ahead of the other two varieties. I planted 3 plants 3 years ago and the other 3 one and a half years ago. They are doing well and we are eagerly looking forward to a bigger crop this year.
May 9, 2018
over 4 years ago
A very good bearing plant, handles weather condition real well
May 21, 2017
over 4 years ago
All plants lived, even have some bloom their first year. Only wish we could purchase older plants for a crop sooner. Yes, I would reccomend !
May 8, 2017
over 4 years ago
This plant was chewed, to the roots twice by rabbits that knocked the cage over the second time. I kept watering and this spring (now protected) amazingly this plant is sending up a new shoot. I've never had good luck with blue berries but this plant is a surviver, very hardy. All the plants I get from Starkbros seem to be zone specific survivers. I don't know if it will produce this year but after what it's been thru it's amazing it's still growing.
May 4, 2019
over 2 years ago
Still waiting
Planted this and another blueberry bush last year. There is a fair amount of growth but no fruit production.
June 2, 2019
over 2 years ago
Small bushes
Very small bushes. Slow growing as well.
Hope they start producing
June 15, 2018
over 4 years ago
It died the first year
It died the first, even though I lowered the pH and ensured that the soil was well drained and watered it during dry spells - it died
November 10, 2016
over 5 years ago