Description: Large, medium-blue, flavorful, aromatic fruits ripen mid-late season (typically June to July); bright scarlet fall color
Habit: Grows 5-8 feet tall; upright and vigorous
Culture: Prefers full sun and moist, well-drained, acidic soils (ideal range of 4.5 to 5.2 pH); ‘Onslow’ may tolerate a slightly higher pH; self-pollinating variety but fruit production is improved when grown with two additional varieties; good pollinator for ‘Powderblue’ and ‘Tifblue’ varieties; 500-600 hours chilling requirement for fruit set
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 7
Native to the southeastern United States, the Rabbiteye Blueberry is one of three native blueberry species popular for home and commercial fruit production, along with Highbush (V. corymbosum) and Lowbush (V. angustifolium) Blueberries. Named for the pink immature fruits’ similarity to the eyes of a white rabbit, V. virgatum is taller and more drought and heat-tolerant than V. corymbosum and V. angustifolium. While the species was introduced into cultivation in 1770, ‘Onslow’ was released by North Carolina State University in 2001 and is notable for its ability to tolerate colder temperatures and a higher soil pH.
This plant will ship bare root. Approximately 12” tall. zone7,zone8,zone9
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.