PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Sunshine Blue Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)

Sunshine Blue Blueberry is a go-to plant in our landscape projects and our favorite to recommend for container gardeners. It is a dwarf, getting only about 3 feet tall and wide. It grows into a tidy ball and rarely needs pruning for shape, though it is a good idea to give it a haircut at least every two years which promotes new branch growth & new space for berries to form. Dwarf and evergreen are the attractive features in a landscape. We use them as ‘bookends’ at an entrance path or bracketing a front porch. It lives happily in a large pot on a deck or porch or in small raised beds where larger plants won’t fit..

How does it taste? This is another reason to love it. It fruits very heavily with berries ripening over a long period from Aug, through Sept. The stretched out ripening time makes it a great Blueberry for snacking. You can grab a handful of berries every day for many weeks. The berries are medium sized, perfectly balanced in sweetness, with a nice punchy flavor.

Like any Blueberry, be sure you never let it go dry. Blueberries are hard to kill, but are easily annoyed. Going dry causes them to drop developing flowers or fruit, then everyone ends up in tears because you have to wait till the next year for fruit.