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Good Producer, Easy to Harvest

Northern Highbush, Mid-Season

The Bluejay Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluejay') was one of the early introductions from Michigan State University's prestigious Blueberry breeding program in 1978.

Bluejay is noted for its winter hardiness and productive high yields. With a later bloom, it skirts the late freezes and ripens early to beat the hot and humid summers. The fruit is highly resistant to premature drop and cracking.

Bluejay Blueberry is known to hang on the plant for some time after being ripe. Experienced home gardeners know what a benefit that characteristic is. You still have to beat the birds to the harvest, but Bluejay is just a bit more convenient than other varieties.

The upright stately plant with its heavy fruit set makes quite an impression when word into the yard. Bluejay's fruit hangs to the outside of the canopy with a long stem making harvesting a breeze.

This is also an ideal variety for larger commercial plantings, because it is a plant well suited to mechanical harvesting. Try a Blueberry rake for faster harvests at home.

Bluejay is a very vigorous grower and sets fruit freely when young. Though self-fruitful, they will produce a larger crop with other varieties planted nearby. Plant a row to insure maximum pollination and to extend your harvest.

It's also noted for its beautiful ornamental value. The plant's large, dark green foliage along with the small, firm, light blue berry makes a beautiful contrast in the landscape. Take advantage of the ornamental quality of this variety. Place the plant where the great fall colors from yellow-orange, to red and purple can be viewed. Plants make excellent screen or border plants.

Flowers in the spring are abundant, with small clusters of white bell-shaped bloom covering the plant. The fruit that follows is a small and mild with wonderful firm texture. Use these in jams and preserves. The firm berry makes it ideal for blueberry pie. Of course, nothing beats Blueberry's fresh off the bush!

Grows best in acidic organically rich soil with a pH of 5.5 or lower, in moist, well-drained soil. All blueberries appreciate a good organic mulch.

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  • Mild, Firm Berries
  • Large Harvest
  • Fast Growing
  • Great Fall Colors

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Bluejay Blueberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Botanical Name Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluejay'
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 7 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Mid-Season