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Sunshine Blue Blueberry

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Evergreen bush in southern climates! Enjoy showy spring flowers and large crops of dime-sized, sweet and tangy berries. Bears for several weeks in summer and yields 5 to 10 pounds per bush. Selected specifically for superior fruit and soil adaptability. Even grows well in containers! Introduced in 1979. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in June through July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June-july
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 5.5
Taste Tangy Excellent
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 5 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 10
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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.


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. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I am looking for a blueberry bush that is not too large but not tiny,
Martha C on Apr 28, 2019
It rates well in my growing area (central coast of California).
Karen A on Apr 2, 2019
I am looking for a blueberry bush that is not too large but not tiny,
Martha C on Apr 28, 2019
pollinator for northblue~also a good producer of large blueberries
kathleen m on Apr 10, 2019
It rates well in my growing area (central coast of California).
Karen A on Apr 2, 2019
Anne S on Mar 26, 2019
Its evergreen
Uriel M on Mar 14, 2019
Love blueberries and great producer
Theresa N on Feb 27, 2019
My location in Virginia can be particularly hot. The heat-tolerance and evergreen bush is appealing.
Karen R on Feb 14, 2019
Heat tolerant
GAIL M on Jan 9, 2019
After research it seemed one of the best for my area, which is Mesa, Az
Rita D on Jan 4, 2019
Have other of the same variety and they are very good so far.
Peter T on Dec 19, 2018
Zone compatible and compact size
Sharon B on Nov 22, 2018
Heat tolerant
marilyn d on Sep 5, 2018
Grows in my zone
Mark S on Sep 4, 2018
New yard, Edible landscape
Janet M on Jul 14, 2018
Adding another variety to my plantings
Prop Mow on Jul 8, 2018
Used information/suggestions for my growing zone to make selection...also due to being a self pollinating variety!!!
Ricky D on May 24, 2018
I have found this to be the only Blueberry that survives and thrives from year to year here in the hot sunny NC summers.
Deborah C on May 9, 2018
Reviews show this variety does well in the high desert of southern CA.
Shannon S on Feb 15, 2018
Wide zone range may help us keep growing blueberries as climate change continues. Size, also, is what I needed in this spot. And I've trusted Stark Bros. for years.
Kimberly T S on Apr 18, 2017
Its southern zone and its somewhat evergreen characteristics
mike r on Mar 9, 2017
it's a blueberry that grows in my zone and I was told they do well in large pots.
Lauren M on May 26, 2016
I'm short and this doesn't get any taller than I can pick. Also the size of the fruit is large.
Wade C on Apr 17, 2016
Want to try a new variety with an early ripening berry
Barry M on Apr 5, 2016
pollinator for northblue~also a good producer of large blueberries
kathleen m on Apr 10, 2019
Anne S on Mar 26, 2019
do you cut back bushes after fruit and how much if you do?
joe m on Jul 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I usually wait until the spring and then I prune back the blueberry plant. That way I can get rid of any limbs that may have been affected by the winter. I don't cut a lot off...just the dead limbs.
Can these blueberry bushes be planted in a raised bed that are filled with compost, peat and soil. Open bottom that provides drainage as well as room to spread out roots?
JUDI B on May 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think that would be perfect for you Sunshine Blue Blueberries. Just remember they will not get very tall, but they will probably bush out. I would also add pine needles as a mulch or pine bark since they like the acid soil.
Best and sweetest blueberry for 10b?
Jen V on Mar 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This may be one of the "best" for zone 10b, but I'm not sure if it is the sweetest.
I am in zone 10a and pushed my envelope to zone 9 blueberries. That opened the possibility of planting Jubilee as well. These are, in my opinion, a little sweeter. I also planted some Misty because they help with pollination even if most of these are self-pollinating. In my experience, my plants have done better with at least one Misty in their midst. If you're only planting one plant, or planting in a pot, the Sunshine should be safe. If you're planting in a planter or more than one pot, try adding the Misty (and maybe a Jubilee) and I think you'd be happy. They love acidic soil also, so do a pH test. Water the roots + acidic soil = happy blueberries. Hope this helps.
Hi just planted in md 3 sunshine blue berry bushes. Want to add a few more. But which variety should I put with it?
Jilllcom on Sep 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Misty or Jubilee would both be good choices.
What can I plant with jubilee for cross pollination?
Sherry F on May 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sunshine or Misty will work in warm weather zones.
What other variety goes well with these? Something that tastes great? Zone 8b
Joseph F on Mar 28, 2019
How many chill hours needed to this to have good results?I live in southern ca 92308. It's warm here. What variety is recommended?
Joseph F on Mar 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is the southernmost blueberry we offer, and it is compatible with your zone - that means there are enough chill hours for this variety to produce fruit where you live.
How long does it take to mature to full size?
Stephanie C on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Much will depend upon the soil pH, and the food/sun/rain the plant receives. On average, it will be about 4 years before the bush is at full size.
what other blueberry plant to cross pollinate with sunshine blue?
Ken C on Aug 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Bluecrop, Bluejay and Darrow are all great choices.
Can this Blueberry Plant survive in Extreme South Florida in Zone 10B? Gregg L. Friedman MD
Gregg on Jun 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is about the only blueberry that can be grown in Zone 10. Enjoy!
I live in Oklahoma City (7A). My planned blueberry bed is on the south side of a six foot fence. Do I need rabbiteye varieties? Which of your plants are rabbiteye?
Randy on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a great variety for your zone. It's a southern highbush and is quite heat-tolerant. We no longer carry rabbiteye varieties because the southern highbush berries have far superior flavor.
We live in zone 5a, what do you do with the potted blueberries over winter so they don't die? I don't have a heated garage.
Ciska H on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can keep them in an unheated garage or shed. Give them a good drink of water around the first light frost, and then stop watering. Wrap them in a tarp or sheet and tuck them away. When the temps reach the low 50s, you can slowly start bringing them out again.
Is this an evergreen variety in zone 5?
WIll it tolerate part shade?
Tracy B on Jan 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sunshine Blue Blueberry needs full sun, but will tolerate part-shade; it will just produce a lot fewer berries under those conditions. It is semi-evergreen.

Customer Reviews

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it is doing great lots of fruit and its growing good. sweet fruits
June 10, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great for zone 9
It's hard to find blueberries that can thrive in zones with very little cold time for them to go dormant. This species is thriving for me in the California Bay Area--two years after getting them the bushes are full of blueberries and the ones I've harvested have a delightful flavor. Highly recommended!
May 13, 2018
over 2 years ago
Sunshine Blueberry
this is my second bush. I like it because they are easy to grow on the west side of Los Angeles (zone 10). it produces large crop mostly all summer long.
May 11, 2018
over 2 years ago
Beautiful color . Very low maintaINANCE
i live in New York ( zone 7 ) . winter can be extremely bad sometimes but my tree is now 4 years old with little maintenance. I just put mulch and replenish acidifier . It is thriving well. Just plant it in the sunniest area( southern exposure. To be sure that it will get easy adequate watering . It is planted right near my water sprinkler. The flower is really beautiful pink . very early grower late April and first week of May it is full of potential berry.
May 3, 2018
Sunshine Blue Blueberry
All six of my Sunshine Blues arrived in excellent shape. All lived and thrived after transplanting. Unfortunately, I re-located before the first crop came in. They did great over winter, even the one in my 20 inch pot. I would buy again as they are very easy to take care of, needing much less acidic soil.
May 29, 2017
over 3 years ago
Love my Sunshine Blueberries
I live in sunny California and the blueberries are doing well here. Currently covered with lots of berries. They are nice and compact and will make a nice hedge between me and my neighbors.
May 21, 2017
over 3 years ago
Highly recommended!
I've had my blueberries in the ground two seasons. Last year I got about 10 berries on two bushes combined. This year they are producing like crazy. Probably 50 or more per little 15 inch bush. And I think I'll have a double crop since I have a whole new set of blossoms on the bush now! The flavor is delicious--Just the right amount of sweet and tart. I live in a very hot area and they are doing great on a regular drip. Highly recommended!!
May 30, 2018
over 2 years ago
Wait and see?
We bought 5 plants, and they have all survived through the second year. They are growing a bit more slowly than I thought they would, but we are making sure the soil is acidic, have plenty of straw around them, and they get full sun. I think they'll grow up to bear yummy fruit, but we're still waiting for it. That's probably normal, right?
May 3, 2017
over 3 years ago
Nice blueberry bush
The Sunshine Blue blueberry bush that I purchased to growing and doing great. I'm looking forward to bountiful harvests.
May 10, 2018
over 2 years ago
Excellent Blueberries. 5 Stars
These Blueberries taste great. They are easy to grow and the taste is wonderful. I give them a 5 Star excellent review. By Gregg L. Friedman MD
December 17, 2018