15 Best Blueberry Varieties


The number of people who want to enjoy the fragrant bright blue berry is growing from year to year. A rare gardener does not dream of planting a beautiful deciduous shrub on his site. The fruits of this plant are considered the most useful in many diseases of the genitourinary, cardiovascular, digestive systems of the body. Doctors recommend including them in the diet to lower blood sugar levels. In the greenery of the shrub there is a high content of tannins that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Blueberries are native to North America. Wild berries are found everywhere there. Through the efforts of breeders, more than a hundred varieties of this plant with different ripening periods have been bred. This helped spread the shrub to different climatic zones, which was a real gift for gardeners. The plant is unpretentious in care, resistant to many diseases. It is believed that blueberries are self-fertile, but experienced agronomists recommend planting different varieties in the neighborhood so that they please with greater yields. Before planting, you need to carefully study the type of plant, choose the most suitable for growing in a particular climate. Most of them become centenarians and bear fruit for more than a dozen years. Below are the best varieties of blueberries, depending on the timing of the ripeness of the berries.

The best early varieties of blueberries

5 Eriblu

Eriblu blueberry

The plant is medium-sized, its height is not more than 1.8 m. It was bred by US breeders more than 60 years ago and still remains the best early ripe species for them. There are a small number of branches on the bush, which makes it easier to care for and pick berries. Frequent pruning is not required. Fruits of a beautiful pale blue color with compacted pulp, unusual taste and aroma. Fully ripe are considered in the middle of summer, before this period they do not fall. The plant withstands low temperatures, is not susceptible to diseases of fruit crops. The berries are mostly consumed fresh.

4 Duke

Duke blueberry

Unexpected frosts in late spring are characteristic of central Russia, which affects many early-flowering plants. Therefore, Duke is considered the best for this climate, as it blooms late, but fruiting does not suffer from this. Plant height reaches 1.8 m. No more than 45 days pass from the beginning of flowering to the first harvest. The variety is productive — up to 8 kg of blueberries is stable from one bush. The fruits are large in size up to 2.5 cm in diameter, dense skin. It is used both fresh and frozen. According to gardeners, when cooled, the taste becomes richer.

3 Spartan

Spartan blueberry

The plant reaches a height of 1.8 — 2.0 m. The leaves are shiny, dark green in color, which become bright orange in autumn. The berries are round, dense, large, pale blue. Flowers are like delicate bells, have a pronounced aroma. Bushes are often planted as ornamentals. Spartan is the earliest type of blueberry; you can enjoy its fruits from the beginning of July. Productivity reaches 6 kg. The grade differs in good resistance to diseases, perfectly transfers transportation on a long distance.

2 River

blueberry river

The shrub grows up to 2 m in height. It has a high growth rate, medium-sized berries with a dense skin, which makes them suitable for long-term transportation. The Reka variety is one of the most fruitful, more than 10 kg of berries are harvested from one bush, and the record harvest was 18 kg. Ripe fruits stay on the plant for a long time. Regular pruning is required to maintain high productivity. Fruits with a slight sourness, are used fresh and canned. It is resistant to diseases characteristic of fruit plants. According to the reviews of gardeners of the Moscow region, the plant adapts well to their climate, bears fruit in the third year. According to the combination of qualities, it belongs to commercial varieties of blueberries.

1 Northland

northland blueberry

Plants are low, but branched, reach 1.2 m. They are used to decorate the site. The fruits are bright blue, sweet, reach full maturity in the second decade of July. Suitable for long-term storage and transportation. Productivity up to 8 kg per bush. The most important advantage is its frost resistance. Withstands temperatures below 35 degrees. Due to this, it is popular in northern regions with extreme climates. The growing season is short. Used fresh and canned. Annual pruning of the crown helps to maintain high productivity of the variety.

The best mid-season varieties of blueberries

5 Polaris

polaris blueberry

With a plant height of 1 m, the variety is famous for its high resistance to low temperatures. The shoots of the bush are strongly branched, directed upwards. To maintain an attractive appearance, regular crown formation is necessary. Climatic conditions change the timing of fruit ripening. With consistently warm weather, the plant bears fruit earlier. In the Moscow region and the Central region, the variety is considered mid-season. Berries with a high sugar content and a pleasant aroma. The plant needs peat fertilizers to be applied to the soil.

4 Northcountry

Northcountry blueberry

A plant with a dense crown, low, reaching 90 cm. Northcountry blueberry of an unusual sky-blue color with an amazing sweet taste and attractive aroma. The berries are medium-sized, up to 15 mm in diameter. Stable yield up to 3 kg, high winter hardiness made the variety a favorite among gardeners in the northern climatic zones. Due to the beautiful foliage and berries, the plant is actively used as a decorative hedge. From the beginning of flowering to harvesting takes a little time. Does not require special soil preparation before planting, easy to care for.

3 Patriot

Patriot Blueberry

Fast growing berry bush reaches 2 m in height. Branches are rare. Does not require frequent pruning. Differs in resistance to fungi, late blight. Full ripening is observed from the second half of July. The variety is frost-resistant, easily survives temperatures down to -30 degrees, well suited for the Moscow region. Gardeners note the unusual berries of large size, slightly flattened, with a barely noticeable scar and very pleasant to the taste. The berries are red to the full degree of ripeness; this property is used to decorate the garden. The plant is not demanding on the composition of the soil, which allows it to expand its distribution.

2 Northblue

north blue blueberry

A plant of medium ripeness, the first harvest is harvested in the first days of August. Fruits of medium size, deep blue color, suitable for long-term storage. Fruiting is stable, 3-3.5 kg from one bush. High frost resistance helps blueberries take root in the middle lane, in Siberia. The best varietal winter hardiness is also due to the low growth of the plant, which reaches a height of 60-120 cm. Northblue boldly withstands frosts down to minus 40 degrees.

1 Toro

toro blueberry

The presence of Toro blueberries on the site guarantees a consistently high yield of large juicy berries. Fruit picking is carried out in the first days of August several times. A voluminous bush 2 m high, reaches a diameter of 100 cm. The plant begins to bear fruit in the third year after planting. The variety is considered one of the high-yielding, the mass of berries during the growing season reaches 10 kg per plant. Excellent taste and aroma are inherent not only in fresh berries, but are preserved after processing. The fruits are resistant to shedding and cracking. Fairly stable in cold climates. Profitable from a commercial point of view.

The best late-ripening blueberries

5 Nelson

Nelson blueberry

Late ripeness is one of the advantages of the variety. This allows you to save the crop and make high-quality preparations for the winter. When the berry season ends in the orchard, Nelson is just beginning three weeks of fruiting. The period of preparation of vitamins is extended. The yield of the plant reaches 8-9 kg. Active collection falls on the second half of August. The berries are large, up to 20 mm in diameter, pale blue in color with a wine flavor. According to gardeners, it grows well in the conditions of the Middle Strip, Non-Black Earth Region, and the North.

4 Chandler

blueberry chandler

One of the large-fruited shrubs, the berries of which reach a diameter of 30 mm, and weigh 5 grams. Their dense clarified pulp has a pleasant sweetish aftertaste. Fruiting occurs in the second half of August and early September. According to consumer reviews, you can collect 8 kg per season from a bush. Plant height 2 m, the crown is not sprawling. Quietly survives frosts below 30 degrees. The ripening of berries lasts 1-1.5 months, which allows the use of the Chandler variety with commercial benefits in the conditions of the Moscow region, the Central region. The berries are suitable for hand picking.

3 Elliot

Elliot blueberry

The plant is tall, reaches 2 m, grows straight up. Medium-sized fruits up to 15 mm in diameter, bright blue in color, with a slight coating of wax. Resistant to cracking, but may moderately crumble. The variety is unpretentious to watering and soil structure. In rainy summer, the berries acquire a spicy bitterness. It is considered a productive plant, the total weight of fruits from a bush per season reaches 6-9 kg. Elliot is characterized by a high content of anthocyanins in the composition, which provides healing properties for inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. No blueberry species has been able to change this ratio.

2 jersey

jersey blueberry

The plant was bred a little less than a century ago. During this time, highly rated as the best pollinator. Gardeners’ reviews indicate that its cultivation is ideal next to the Bluecrop variety. At the same time, the Jersey crop ripens in the second decade of August. The shrub is large with a spreading crown 2 m high. It survives unexpected spring frosts perfectly. Recommended for planting in the middle lane with a temperate climate. The berries are light blue in color with a pronounced taste. During the season, 6 kg of fruits are harvested from one plant.

1 Elizabeth

elizabeth blueberry

Agronomists note the special attractiveness of the taste and aroma of the variety. Customer reviews fully confirm this. Sweet and large berries with a diameter of up to 23 mm with dense pulp ripen in the first days of August. Due to the peculiarities of taste, they are classified as dessert varieties. The growing season is shortened. In appearance, the bush is classified as decorative, as the branches have a characteristic red tint. The plant is large in all respects — the height is 2 m, the diameter is more than 1 m. The yield is within 4-7 kg. Harvesting and transportation are simplified due to the easy tearing off of fruits that are not deformed. The plant survives frosts well below 30 degrees.

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