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Description

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.

Characteristics

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.

Pollination

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.

Shipping Information

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
To add more pollinators and because it ripened early.
Martha S on Nov 21, 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
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
Early harvest and companion pollinator
SHARON M on Sep 22, 2019
Because it is an early producing berry.
Mark P on Jul 4, 2019
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.
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

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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
A very good bearing plant, handles weather condition real well
May 21, 2017
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Hardy
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
Purchased
1 year ago
Small bushes
Very small bushes. Slow growing as well.
Hope they start producing
June 15, 2018
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
1 year 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
Purchased
over 4 years ago