The Bluejay Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluejay') flies high among its peers. Michigan State University developed this distinct variety in the late 1970s, and it is one of the best choices for the home gardener! From the fairy-like blossoms that bees adore, the lush green foliage that becomes a dizzying array of yellows, oranges, reds and purple, or the delicious mid-season berries, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better variety for the home garden!
Vigorous and fast-growing, in spring, this Highbush Blueberry is covered with clusters of adorable bell-shaped blossoms, with petals that often blush with a hint of pink. Its berries develop in unison, allowing you to pick just once, and one bush will give you pounds upon pounds of fruit to enjoy!
Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 8, the delicious, sweet fruit of the Bluejay ripens mid-season, forming medium-sized berries growing in tempting clusters, and these dark blue to purple berries shine against the deep forest green foliage. The berries are mild in flavor with firm, sweet flesh, for some of the best pies and jam you can imagine, and they also freeze well, if you have any left!
A boon to wildlife, pollinators will thank you for planting Bluejay, as they flit from blossom to blossom. Neighborhood birds will also love your berries as much as you, so if you don't like sharing, you might need to use netting - or just plant a few extra and have a larger harvest per shrub to benefit all! Plant multiple Bluejay bushes or mix things up with other Northern Highbush Blueberries.
This variety is also great for edible landscaping! Surround your yard with a flowering hedge, that transforms into beautiful orange, yellow and red in the fall. Tall and wide enough for great screening and privacy, while providing habitat, food sustainability and beauty to your gardens! Prune smaller yet for porch and patio container gardening too!
Your Highbush Blueberry prefers full sun, but won't mind some partial shade, however, you will notice fewer flowers and therefore less fruit. Find a spot with rich soil that is moist to wet, preferring acidic soil, and plant with plenty of peat moss and mulch. Water regularly the first year, and provide extra water when it is hot and dry. Prune when dormant to control shape and size, and keep the interior open to sun and air penetration.
This variety is self-fertile, but after one taste, you will want to get multiple Bluejay Blueberry bushes! Firm, sweet, and easy to grow, you will not hesitate to grab extras! Hurry and order this perfect home garden fruiting shrub today at NatureHills.com!
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.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluejay'|
|Mature Height||5 - 7 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 7 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Fall Color||Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Pruning Time||Late Winter|