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Description

The same exceptional flavor of a wild blueberry. In spring, these mounded, “half-high” plants are dotted with white flowers, which give way to small- to medium-size berries that will give you a taste of the Northern wilds. Early-mid season. Introduced in 1986. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late June to early July. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops if pollinated with Northblue.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late June - Early July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 5.5
Taste Wild Berry Taste
Texture Tender, Fine
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.

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
To go with a Northland half-bush.
Jonathan B on Sep 18, 2020
Matched the hardiness zone and grows well in Maine
Eileen R on Jul 1, 2020
To go with a Northland half-bush.
Jonathan B on Sep 18, 2020
I already have one bush of Northcountry and I am expanding my bed. I like the small plant size. Berries are earlier than other varieties.
Diane B on Jul 20, 2020
Matched the hardiness zone and grows well in Maine
Eileen R on Jul 1, 2020
I ordered Northcountry because it has wild blueberry flavor and is a smaller berry.I thought I had ordered it when I ordered the one that is being shipped now. I would have been able to plant them at the same time. How well will these survive the winter if they will be planted in the middle of August? What can I do to protect them? We are pleased with the fruit trees we purchased some years ago from you,so we knew you would sell quality plants. Thank you.

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Isabel A on Jun 24, 2020
Needed new ones
Ann H on Jun 6, 2020
Smaller berry with taste of wild blueberry.
Lee M on May 4, 2020
Permaculture research for our zone and based on flavors and size of berries we prefer.
Christie L on May 4, 2020
I have always wanted to grow blueberries
Joann B on Apr 16, 2020
haven't tried this name and hope get proper pollination when set with northblue berry
stella s on Mar 26, 2020
Winco had recall on frozen berries.
Betty L G on Mar 20, 2020
We wanted some blueberries for containers
Patricia W on Mar 14, 2020
We love this variety of Blueberry!
A R on Mar 13, 2020
I want to try growing blueberries in a container and I really want a wild blueberry taste.
Tracie B on Mar 12, 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
Small berry size and taste like wild blueberries. Small berries are better for baking.
Patricia P on Mar 1, 2020
Great price!
Mary H on Feb 29, 2020
to cross pollinate with northblue blueberry plants
Nancy E on Jun 20, 2019
Chosen for the variety and because mature size is lower and fuller than the high bush varieties.
Roy B on May 24, 2019
cold hardiness
richard d on May 6, 2019
I was looking for a blueberry that had similar taste and size to wild blueberries we have in the Adirondacks and feel this may come closest.
Kristen P on May 3, 2019
Cold hardy
Tara W on Apr 25, 2019
Good pollinator for Northblue
Ann N on Mar 23, 2019
I chose this plant because I live in Northern New England and feel it is the best type of blueberry for the climate I live in.
Maurice B on Jan 30, 2019
small mature bush size
Marilyn F on Oct 28, 2018
The wild blueberry flavor
VICKY M on Jul 25, 2018
Compact size and winter-hardiness.
Michael C on Jul 23, 2018
Recommended by Iowa State extension
Michael T on Sep 13, 2017
I read that this is similar to wild blueberries.
Nancy E on Aug 20, 2017
Grew Well in my location and harvests in June.
TAMELDA M on Feb 22, 2017
I love wild blueberries!
A R on Jan 29, 2017
I prefer the flavor over size
RANDY S on Jan 7, 2017
Primarily because it is suited to my region up north and I bought it with Northblue and Chandler in hopes of increasing my success and finding the one I like the most.
Cheri on Jul 10, 2016
To go with Northblue blueberry plants that I have already.
Marion S on May 28, 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 northblue, cold hardy
Sisily B on May 16, 2016
I have a small area for blueberry bushes and thought this would fit in with the blueberry bushes I already have established
Thomas L on May 14, 2016
Container friendly. We live in an area with alkaline soil.
Kathryn C on May 11, 2016
The smaller mature height.
AMY K on May 6, 2016
Good for limited space gardening.
David D on May 6, 2016
To harvest blueberries for my family to eat!
Kerry J on May 5, 2016
To go with north blue
Vilay N on Apr 10, 2016
I already have one bush of Northcountry and I am expanding my bed. I like the small plant size. Berries are earlier than other varieties.
Diane B on Jul 20, 2020
I ordered Northcountry because it has wild blueberry flavor and is a smaller berry.I thought I had ordered it when I ordered the one that is being shipped now. I would have been able to plant them at the same time. How well will these survive the winter if they will be planted in the middle of August? What can I do to protect them? We are pleased with the fruit trees we purchased some years ago from you,so we knew you would sell quality plants. Thank you.

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Isabel A on Jun 24, 2020
What size and/or shape of container do you reccomend for this patio blueberry? (northcountry)
D J D on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Blueberry roots are fairly shallow but spread horizontally, so plant in a pot that is at least 20 inches across and a minimum of 18 inches deep. Make sure the pot has several drainage holes!
What winter temperatures will Northblue & Northcountry bushes tolerate in containers? Would they be safe in an unheated garage?
Thanks-Joe
Joe M on Jul 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We do recommend that if the plants are in containers that you move them to an unheated garage or shed for the winter.
Your blueberries are called
???North Country??? does that mean that they are only for northern areas?
Howard S on Nov 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Its just a name. This grows in zones 3-7. You can use the chart to see what your zone is by clicking on the link on the right, "Is my location compatible."
Do these ship right away or does stark brothers wait until spring ro ship?
Melissa N on Nov 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Shipping depends on your planting zone. If you go to the product on the website and you have your zip code entered, to the right of the product you will see the shipping date. If the date listed doesn't work for your planting needs you can give us a call and we may be able to book it to ship at a later date.
Can I grow them and keep them in pots all years round?
Mario on Jun 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
I received 2 northcountry blueberry plants can I plant them in a container?
Sue N on May 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
Can I plant in container?
Sue N on May 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
will a gallon blueberry produce fruit sooner than a 4 inch?
Beth R on Mar 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes,at least in my garden . I got berries the first year I planted a gallon plant.
will they cross polinate with wild blue berrys?
Russ S on Jul 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not very successfully; they are a different sub-species. You may get a few more berries, but if you're growing cultivated blueberries, you're much better off with another cultivated variety that has a similar bloom time.
What are the nutritional benefits?
Moses O on Dec 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are many, but mainly from antioxidants. Here is a good article that describes the benefits in detail: //www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries#section1

Customer Reviews

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Planted last year
Since I have only had it for one year, I'm not sure what to expect but I am not nearly as impressed with Northcountry as I am with Northblue. I has an interesting growth habit which is is low and broad as opposed to upright. I doesn't have nearly as many blossoms or blueberries as Northblue.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
One Year Mark
This little blue berry came to me leafless, but healthy as expected. I planted it and it leafed out beautifully within a week or two. Gave me three tiny blueberries, but I know the first year isn't always that great and my soil ph was still adjusting.

This year, it survived the winter well in a five gallon pot, and has grown another five inches. Would've done more, but I failed to separate roots well last year, so I fixed the issue this spring by digging it up, fanning the roots and repotting. Soil PH is now ideal. Baby flower buds are appearing all over it this week... expecting great things from it now. Will update again when I get a good taste of the berries themselves.
May 10, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Tasty Berries!
I bought Northcountry and Northblue at the same time and planted them next to each other with fencing (installed a bit late) to keep out the rabbits. The Northblue barely made it (rabbits), and had no flowers this year, but is now growing strong. The Northcountry, however, thrived and had tremendous growth with almost two dozen flowers. A brief frost hit the plant, but over a dozen flowers still produced well. I can't wait to see how much we get next year!

The berries ripen at different times, and sometimes a berry that isn't one bit ripe in the morning is very ripe by sunset. My wife loves blueberries and she claims that these are the best berries that she's ever had.

I intend to get more Northcountry for a rain garden we're planning, so of course I highly recommend this variety of blueberry. Great taste, beautiful flowers, nice compact size, just mind the rabbits.
June 19, 2017
Coming along well - slower than Northblue however
Last spring we purchased one Northcountry and one Northblue blueberry. We planted them in pots, comparable to 5 (liquid) gallon buckets, with the same soil mix, and had them placed near each other. Both are looking well but I must echo the first reviewer that the Northcountry has not been as prolific this first growing season. I am excited to see what will happen in future.
May 24, 2016
Coming along
Purchased two a year ago. Planted them in large planters. They are about a foot tall with a few blueberries on them. They are growing slow, but they are coming along. The two North Blue plants, 2 years old, are about 2' tall and have several blueberries on them. They are coming along also. I left them out in the cold and they all survived the winter. I am using soil acidifier occasionally to try to help the soil be better for them. I am happy with my purchases. Just wish I had a larger yard to plant them in. Thanks, Jay
June 6, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
slow but steady
I bought two blueberry plants and for whatever reason one didn't survive the first year. Stark Brothers was very easy to work with and replaced it for me. Both bushes are looking good this year, I only wish I could make them grow faster!
May 30, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Very little growth
Just like my other blueberry bush, this one has barely grown. I'm thinking that it is the soil in the container and so I am looking to transfer this to the ground this fall. Hopefully, I will see some improvement.
August 15, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
No luck with these Blueberries
Bought these last spring, planted behind my strawberry patch, they did nothing but disappear. The raspberries I planted at the same time right next to the blueberries are doing well.
May 14, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
My north star blueberry.
A friend mistakenly tossed a planter full of soil in my blueberry's planter and broke most of the branches but it is leafing out on the one in tact branch. I'm amazed how tough it is. I'm hoping it will put out more shoots.
May 17, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Nice plants
These blueberries arrived healthy, transplanted well, and are still looking good.
July 23, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago

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