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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
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 3 - 4' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 5' 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. 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.

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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Small size, and it is in the zone and berries are large.
Corley M on Sep 23, 2020
I grow blueberries in pots. I am looking forward to having this variety.
Clara T on Jul 26, 2020
Small size, and it is in the zone and berries are large.
Corley M on Sep 23, 2020
Yield for space ratio
Therese S on Aug 15, 2020
I grow blueberries in pots. I am looking forward to having this variety.
Clara T on Jul 26, 2020
good reviews
Laura O on Jul 21, 2020
I have read it can tolerate higher ph level in soil, matures at 3??? tall, compact plant for container which I will be doing, bears higher yields. I got a blueberry plant as a gift of unknown variety. While the sunshine blue is self pollinating, not sure about the other one so having two may not be a bad thing.
Marion T on Jul 21, 2020
Because I live in zone 9B. I bought two others and didn???t look at the zones. They aren???t for this zone. I???m going to hope they grow and produce here. The Sunshine Blues will be better.
Victoria A C on Jul 16, 2020
I live in Zone 8A but there is more heat in the back where they can survive.
PATRICK B on Jun 25, 2020
The one that I purchased in 2016, on order 1363249 finally died.
T Sam Z on Jun 22, 2020
High rating. High yield. Love Blueberries.
Valerie L on Jun 21, 2020
Good report on this blueberry
Mary R on Jun 8, 2020
I love big blueberries and these are advertised as dime-sized. Long harvest and prolific harvest.
Paula D on Jun 5, 2020
For free shipping
Abbas A on May 27, 2020
Because of environment
Diana T on May 24, 2020
My wife likes Blueberries.
Sal S on May 15, 2020
More ph tolerant, shorter mature height
Diane P on May 11, 2020
Nancy A on Apr 28, 2020
Aside from seeming like it will do very well for my climate, it's supposed to produce when the blueberries I have will not be.
Mariah B on Apr 27, 2020
Reviews so keep making reviews
Faye T on Apr 22, 2020
Can???t wait , blueberries from the store are so expensive
Jonathan V on Mar 25, 2020
My grand kids LOVE Blueberries and since I live in the country and grow other stuff, why not help my daughter save money on blueberries for my 7 grand babies :-)
MELISSA B on Mar 24, 2020
Also good for my zone and full sun. Important for my area.
Rachael M on Mar 18, 2020
It had 18 five star reviews.
Melanie F on Mar 9, 2020
Zone compatibility
Phonechaleun D on Feb 17, 2020
It???s heat tolerance and is known for a lot of berries.
Daphne A on Feb 3, 2020
My zone
Ellery C on Jan 21, 2020
OOOh we are totally trying something new here as well.
Janet M on Jan 2, 2020
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
Yield for space ratio
Therese S on Aug 15, 2020
good reviews
Laura O on Jul 21, 2020
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.
I started these in 7 gallon containers last spring and they have done pretty well. Now I want to plant them. How far apart should I place them and when. How many hour of sunlight do they need?
Lonnie L on Nov 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I live In SoCal and did the same thing with container growing and then transplanting to a full time home in the soil of my garden area. I planted some in part sun/shade and some in full sun. The full sun ones needed lots more water and their foliage was not a lush. They also suffered from a bit of transplant shock but most recovered within 2 weeks of transplant. The part sun/part shade blueberries are doing very well and have produced a lot of lush foliage and yummy blueberries.

I also spaced mine about 3 feet apart, but I did that with the intent that they would form a hedge when they grew to full mature size. If you want more space between the plants I'd suggest planting further apart, 4-8 feet.

I also amended the soil with a lot of acidifier, which really helped the blueberries as the natural soil acidity in my area is about 7-8. They typically like soil around pH of 4-5, which is more acidic than a neutral soil pH of 7.0.
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.
If i want to plant this blueberry plant in a container, what kind of soil should I use?
antoinette on Jul 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would use Miracle Grow with about 1/3 fine pine bark plus something to make the soil a little on the acid side
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.
How long will the blueberry plant in this 4" pot take to produce fruit? How old is this plant?
Tien P on Sep 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Our plants grown in our 4" pots are approx. 6 months to 1 year old when shipped. They will normally bear fruit within 1-2 years.
Will this grow well in 7b in a 22x21x21" container which holds like 40gallons of soil? Cant go bigger
Nik K on Jul 1, 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" //
what other area 9a blueberry plants will this cross pollinate with?
David O on May 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Misty would be a great pick for your hardiness zone.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I cross-pollinate with Misty or Pink Icing? Which do you think would do better based on bloom time? I'm in zone 6a
Tiffany on May 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Since Blueberries are self pollinating you do not need a second bush in order to bear fruit. However if you plant another variety close by the crop yield will be bigger. I recommend the Misty as it has a great flavor.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How big is the container the plant is shipped in?
Michael T on Mar 3, 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.
Do blueberry plants shipped in the one gallon container need to be re potted

immediately or can re potting be delayed until the plant shows some growth?
I don't want to disturb the roots until the plant has a chance to re acclimate.
Joe M on Feb 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can keep them in the shipped container for a short period of time to acclimate them.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
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 5 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 3 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 3 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
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 4 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 3 years ago
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 4 years ago
Delicious berries and good foundation plant
I love these the Sunshine Blue blueberry bushes! They make an attractive foundation plant in the front flowerbed of our home, attract bluebirds, and give me delicious berries! They are evergreen here in Bartlett, TN (Zone 7b). I have four and will be adding more to replace other plants that haven't performed as well. Thank you Stark Brothers!
June 17, 2019
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 4 years ago
Low chill. No kidding.
I live in Mountain View, CA. That means "winter" is 60-degree days and 45-degree nights. Frost isn't unheard of, but it's not exactly the woods of Maine. So I sought out the lowest chill blueberry I could find. Well, I got what I asked for. This thing started blooming around Christmas! It bloomed heavily, but it only set a few berries. I suspect there just weren't enough pollinators around in January. I may have to take a paintbrush and hand pollinate in the future.

Silicon Valley may actually be the far northern end of this thing's range. If you're in LA and want a blueberry bush, here's your chance.
May 23, 2019
over 2 years ago