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Description

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.

Characteristics

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.

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.

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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

Estimated Delivery Date

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
1st time gardening
Sandra A C on Apr 1, 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
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
variety
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
Affordable
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
proliferative
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
I have a Northblue already and they are good producers.
Louis B on Feb 21, 2019
Companion plant/pollinator
Anne G on Feb 9, 2019
It is a self-pollinator.
Rachel M on Nov 10, 2018
small mature bush size
Marilyn F on Oct 28, 2018
I already have one and love it. Hardy and compact, and great tasting.
David L on Sep 14, 2018
Compact size and winter-hardiness.
Michael C on Jul 23, 2018
I have childhood memories of picking wild low bush blueberries in forests of Europe. My brother and I once asked our parents for 2 cups and came back with 2 cups full of blueberries within minutes, the forest was teeming with them. Hoping to get similar results in my backyard :) But I've also planted large high bush blueberries to help me wait :)
Alexander on May 3, 2017
To use as a cross-pollinator for the Northcountry Blueberry
A R on Mar 10, 2017
Have alkaline soil (limestone) and need to grow in containers
MICHAEL M on Feb 11, 2017
Primarily because it is suited to my region up north and I bought it with Northcountry and Chandler in hopes of increasing my success and finding the one I like the most.
CHERI on Jul 10, 2016
It is a good container plant.
Judge L. F. C on Jun 13, 2016
because it can be grown in a container
manjeri k on Jun 7, 2016
It had good reviews and pollinates with the other blueberry we bought.
Shawn W on May 20, 2016
Size - wanted a smaller plant (versus the larger sizes).
HEATHER A on May 17, 2016
Pollinates with northcountry, cold hardy
Sisily B on May 16, 2016
The great reviews given for it on the Stark Bros website!
Mary on Mar 31, 2020
variety
Sandra M on Mar 29, 2020
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.
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: I purchased this plant a couple of years ago and planted it in a container on my balcony.with sn from 11am to sunset. The container is 16" wide (at top), 9"wide (at bottom),24.25"tall,12.25gallon. I put gravel in the bottom. Filled with sand for several inches over that. Then potting soil up to the 3/4. I then mix sand, potting soil, and manure on the top each spring. The plant has grown to a large size plant. I had several blueberries this past year. It is doing well so far. (I grow a raspberry and blackberry bush this way too. . . with the raspberry very very very fruitful. The blackberry does well enough.)
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.
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.
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 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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Gorgeous!
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.)
~Jane~
May 24, 2016
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
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!
LD--MISSOURI
February 25, 2016
Purchased
over 4 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
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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Great!
Came ready and alive. They are now covered in blossoms now! Thank you!
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Lots of fruit
Hardy and have produced a lot of fruit in the first year!
June 12, 2017
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 3 years ago