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Grow in containers or in your yard. This low-growing, compact (“half-high”) plant produces crops of delicious, dime-size, dark-blue berries. Tolerates temperatures as low as -30ºF. Mid season. Introduced in 1983. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops if pollinated with Northcountry.

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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 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 2 - 3' tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 4' 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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Cold Hardiness
H C on Mar 1, 2021
Popular type, good producer. Trying blueberries for the first time.
Wendy C on Feb 3, 2021
Cold Hardiness
H C on Mar 1, 2021
compatible with Northcountry Blueberry variety.
Tim E G on Feb 17, 2021
Popular type, good producer. Trying blueberries for the first time.
Wendy C on Feb 3, 2021
Need some companions for my blueberries. Northblue and Northcountry seems good for my area.
Donna B on Jan 28, 2021
hardiness and early bloom
nick g on Jan 28, 2021
Size, value,hardiness for my zone.
Jean on Jan 11, 2021
price and self pollinator
Dixie K on Nov 3, 2020
Love the size of the blueberry. Nothing like picking berries without having to get down on all 4 to pick them.
Dana R on Jul 31, 2020
Because of the good reviews
VINCENT C on Jul 30, 2020
Size of plant. Taste and harvest time
Robert S on Jul 27, 2020
I already have one bush of Northblue and I am expanding my bed. I like the small plant size. These taste like wild blueberries.
Diane B on Jul 20, 2020
Matched the hardiness zone and grows well in Maine
Eileen R on Jul 1, 2020
Living in the city I do a lot of container gardening on my deck. This blueberry perfectly fits my needs.
Cynthia B on May 20, 2020
Because it was available soon and right for my area
Corinne M on Apr 29, 2020
Richard P on Apr 14, 2020
1st time gardening
Sandra A C on Apr 1, 2020
The great reviews given for it on the Stark Bros website!
Mary on Mar 31, 2020
I chose to replace a blueberry plant that did not make it. Harvest time of year and flavor description influenced this one as my pick.
JULIE B on Mar 30, 2020
Sandra M on Mar 29, 2020
haven't tried this name and hope to get proper pollination when set with northcountry berry
stella s on Mar 26, 2020
Container plant
PHILIP S on Mar 25, 2020
Michael K on Mar 22, 2020
Cost at retail. Winco had a recall on frozen berries.
Betty L G on Mar 20, 2020
I wanted to try this type of blueberry. I have ordered 2 other types to compare them.
Susan Y on Mar 14, 2020
Took a chance
Jim K on Mar 14, 2020
So we could have even more blueberries!
Patricia W on Mar 14, 2020
Wanted to add a new compatible Blueberry to the garden.
A R on Mar 13, 2020
I live in the Catskill Mountains and plan to plant these blueberries in pots (very large ones). I want very cold hardy berry plants.
Stephanie B on Mar 9, 2020
Was recommended as polinator partner for Nothcountry Blueberry.
Mary H on Feb 29, 2020
to try it out
Mark F on Feb 4, 2020
I eat a lot of blueberries
Martha S on Nov 21, 2019
Chosen for its cold hardiness and size of fruit.
Dainise M on Sep 7, 2019
Good fruit, size, plants.
M jane D on Aug 24, 2019
It is a welcoming non-claustrophobic height that can fit into my tight space, produces large berries & tolerates the cold.
L F on Aug 7, 2019
wanted a container plant
Sandra P on Aug 1, 2019
The description says it's sweet and cold hardy in my zone.
Elizabeth P. on Jul 13, 2019
Needed something that would tolerate the late frosts in our area and to increase pollination with another variety.
Laura K on Jun 21, 2019
Nancy E on Jun 20, 2019
Don???t recognize this one. Thought I would try.
Diane G on May 22, 2019
Need some more variety in my patch
WILLIAM W on May 6, 2019
cold hardiness
richard d on May 6, 2019
Can be grown in a container
Nancy D on May 4, 2019
Pollinator for Northcountry.
Kristen P on May 3, 2019
Cold hardy
Tara W on Apr 25, 2019
lots of large blueberries-grows well in a container
kathleen m on Apr 10, 2019
What???s better than fresh blueberries!
Gordon R on Mar 24, 2019
Good pollinator for Northcountry
Ann N on Mar 23, 2019
from reviews
Carolyn B on Mar 22, 2019
Blueberry pie is calling.....hope they grow!
Rivette G on Mar 15, 2019
I am trying to create a small "orchard" of berries for myself and this product had a significant amount of follow up comments that were positive and it looks like the blueberry might be close to our local natural wild blueberry crops.
Dean L on Feb 25, 2019
compatible with Northcountry Blueberry variety.
Tim E G on Feb 17, 2021
Need some companions for my blueberries. Northblue and Northcountry seems good for my area.
Donna B on Jan 28, 2021
Is this plant Vaccinium myrtillus ?
Christina on Dec 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Christina, This is a great question. The Northblue blueberries genus is Vaccinium and the species is corymbosum x V. angustifolium.
2 of the same variety of blueberry plants will produce more blueberries?
michael e on Feb 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.
I have two Northskys. Would one the Northblues work for cross polination?
Kim S on Jul 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes these two varieties will work for pollination as blueberries are self fertile but planting more than 1 variety will increase your crop yield.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old are your blueberry plants?
Richard L on Mar 24, 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.
what blueberry would grow well in a 12 inch deep 20 inch wide container ?
rick m on Nov 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Northblue blueberry
Our question is has anyone experience with 2 north blues planted in the ground 3 feet apart how well do they pollinate and produce?
Susanne F on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had one in a container and it is producing berries this year--technically year 3--but really year 2--after one cold winter.
Are blueberries (if so what variety are suitable) for raised beds?
Marianne D on Feb 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It's best to grow blueberries in an area where water is readily available so you can keep their roots moist throughout the growing season. Raised beds or patio containers are good options for planting blueberries in areas where the soil is not ideal. Soil preparation is crucial to the health of blueberry plants.
How do I overwinter the blueberries grown in containers? I plan to grow the berries on my patio. Do I bring them in to my enclosed porch for winter, or can I keep them outside? Should I protect them?
Dawn F on Jul 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Image result for how to overwinter potted blueberries
The best way to overwinter your blueberry plant is to bury the container in the ground in mid-autumn in a spot that's out of the wind and likely to experience a buildup of snow. Later in the autumn, but before the snow, mulch with 4-8 inches (10-20 cm) of straw and cover the plant with a burlap bag. Water occasionally. You can also bring it inside to a cool dark place for the winter.
I planted blueberries 2 years ago. I had bunnies eat them down to nubbins the first year and last year they sort of came back. I re-homed them to a new, sunnier spot in the yard this year. Should I be treating them like 2 year old plants?
Elisa J on Jun 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes continue to treat as a 2 year old plant.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
how tall or old are the trees that you ship?
Anthony B on Oct 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Anthony, We appreciate you reaching out to us. Listed below are the shipping specs for each size we are currently shipping.

1 Gallon Small Stark Container: Well rooted, 4 ??? 18 inches tall
4??? Round Stark Pot: Well rooted, 4-6 inches tall

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
If the blueberry bush is planted in a pot do we add acidifier to it?
Sherie E on Jun 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Most likely, yes. Please do a soil test to see what the baseline is, then add soil acidifier according to the package directions until the pH is 4.5 to 5.0.
I was under the impression this could be grown in a planter (which is why I purchased it). My concern is what to do with the potted bush in the winter here in Kingston, NY.?
Karen M on Jun 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Once there is a light frost, give the plant one last drink of water and move it to an unheated garage or shed. When the temps get into the 50s-60s next spring, gradually move it back outside. We would also recommend wrapping an old blanket or tarp around it over the winter. A large cardboard box will also do.
Will these fruit their first year?
Nathan Y on May 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. This will be the 3rd year for mine and it looks like I should see fruit this year. I read where blueberries usually won't fruit for the first 2 years.

Customer Reviews

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We purchased 1 Northblue and 1 Northcountry blueberry last spring. They are both in pots that would hold nearly 5 liquid gallons with amended soil for added acidity. The Northblue has grown the best and looks the best. The bush filled with flowers before the beginning of May! There are handfuls now that are almost ripe, and a few I already harvested and enjoyed fresh. I would highly recommend it and have purchased another this year.
(For those it may help in considering purchasing, we live in Oklahoma - the blueberries have held up well to our crazy cold-hot-cold-hot temperatures and severe weather. Survived ice storm and the winds and hail from the tornado season.)
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Doing great
I have had the plant for a year and is planted in a large pot since we don't have acidic soil here in Utah. The plant is doing great and had lots of blossoms and it appears that we will have a good crop of blueberries this year.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Grows fast
I got this plant last spring and it was tiny, but it has grown so fast and big. It overwintered very nicely and I have quite a few blueberries growing this summer. I am very happy with this blueberry.
June 1, 2017
Great Buy
Nice, big, healthy plants! They wintered over very well. I'm anxious for Spring, to see how they bloom and produce! I would buy them again, I would recommend to a friend. Glad I supported a Missouri business that have been/will be around for years to come!
February 25, 2016
over 5 years ago
Lots of fruit
Hardy and have produced a lot of fruit in the first year!
June 12, 2017
over 4 years ago
Slow to grow
I had visions of bumper crops of blueberries, but this has grown very little in the 2 1/2 years I have had it. I do have it in a container, so I may move it to the ground to see if it does better there.
August 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
One Year Mark
Potted this guy in a five gallon bucket last year. It came to me leafless, but healthy... But it didn't produce leaves at all. My Northcountry Blueberry that arrived with it leafed or within a week, so I got scared. Waited and waited... Nothing. But the woody stems never changed color or rotted either, so I had a feeling it wasn't dead, just dormant. Left it as it was and watered it when I watered my other blueberry bush and brought the soil to the right PH, just kept patience...

This year, it has leafed out and grow just as much as the other blueberry plant. I had to repot the other blueberry because I failed to break up the roots well enough, so I did the same for this little dormant bush and it so needed it. It is beginning to show tiny flower buds this week, so I'm excited! I will update on taste when I get a harvest.
May 10, 2017
over 4 years ago
Came ready and alive. They are now covered in blossoms now! Thank you!
May 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
All 8 plants are doing well!
I received my plants very quickly after purchasing them last fall. They survived the winter and have shown growth in their first year in the ground. I actually just picked one ripe sweet blueberry from one of the plants, something I didn't expect to be doing after such a short time after planting them.
June 21, 2016
over 5 years ago
Nice strong healthy plant
This is a good value for a nice strong healthy plant. My one year old plant didn't produce any large fruit, but flowered very strong. Next year should great.
June 14, 2017
over 4 years ago