PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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‘Legacy’ Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Evergreen Blueberries are unusual. We posted about an evergreen dwarf variety ‘Sunshine Blue’ a while back which we like because it works well in the ground or in pots and is a good snacking blueberry. Now it’s ‘Legacy’s’ turn. We were reviewing our plant stock and ‘Legacy’ grabbed our attention & wouldn’t let go. Here it is mid January and they are showing off bright red, purple, bronze, and spring green foliage all at once. Absolutely gorgeous.

Unlike ‘Sunshine Blue’, evergreen ‘Legacy’ is a full sized (5-6 ft tall) Blueberry. It produces abundant crops for making jams, preserves, and pies. The berries are average size with an excellent balance of sweetness and acidity.

Evergreen Blueberries might defoliate if we get down close to 10F. That rarely happens but if it does, don’t worry, the plant is hardy to below zero and will push out new leaves in the spring.

Plant at least one other variety within sight of it so they can cross-pollinate each other. ‘Legacy’ is a late season ripener and this is an opportunity to extend your blueberry picking fun by adding one that ripens earlier like ‘Bluecrop’ or ‘Blueray’ or ‘Bonus’. You could be picking blueberries for up to three months!

Between April and September, don’t let your blueberry plant go dry. Dry periods can sneak up on us, especially in spring, and if the plant goes dry it will sacrifice developing flowers or fruit. Then there will be tears.