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Description

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.

Characteristics

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.

Recommended Pollinators

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
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
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
Its southern zone and its somewhat evergreen characteristics
mike r on Mar 9, 2017
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
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: Yes. Mine have thrived in two long, narrow raised bed planters along a porch at the front of my house. While some people recommend peat in their soil, I don't like it in raised beds because it expands and retains water. Plants (like blueberries) suffer because it is hard on their roots. I prefer to create a nice dense soil with good drainage. Also, blueberries do well in acidic soil, so make sure you use acidic soil or lower the pH of your soil to around 5.5 - 5.0 if it isn't in that range already. Hope that helps.
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.
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.

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great
it is doing great lots of fruit and its growing good. sweet fruits
June 10, 2016
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1 year 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
Purchased
1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago
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