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Draper Blueberry

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Fabulous Taste, Great for Storing

  • Great Producer
  • Large Harvest
  • Sweet, Firm Berries
  • Easy to Harvest
  • Long Storage Life

Northern Highbush, Mid-Season

The highly productive Draper Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Draper PP15103'), is an introduction from the team at Michigan State University in 2003. This is a true hybrid mix of Vaccinium corymbosum crossed with a 5% mix of the low chill varieties, Vaccinium tenellum, ashei and darrowi.

The Draper Blueberry has one of the most complex flavors. It's a true super sweet, sub acid treat.

Named after the highly successful USDA blueberry breeder, Dr. Arlen D. Draper, the qualities of this fruit have propelled it to being one of the most frequently planted varieties in the world. Often compared to Bluecrop, the superior qualities of the Draper are the firm berries, and the wonderful rich Blueberry flavor.

This early mid-season variety boasts large, powder blue, firm, excellently flavored berries. With delicious flavor and excellent firmness, the fruit is unusually regular and is presented in a loose cluster; easy release of ripe fruit from loose clusters and bears fruit on a strong, small stature bush.

This is a heavy producer of uniformly medium size berries. Yields of 10 to 15 pounds of fruit per plant are common.

The large fruit has very high fresh quality and a long storage life. Thicker skin gives the fruit a great crisp texture and a resistance to splitting. The color stays true, even after harvest.

You will appreciate how easy it is to pick the fruit from a Draper Blueberry. This is a leading choice for home gardens in the areas where Northern Highbush do best.

Draper has a compact habit. Integrating a Blueberry plant into an ornamental garden is often called edible landscaping. Providing year round beauty in the garden, and delicious food in the summer, Draper works beautifully as an edible accent plant!

Delicious Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, namely Vitamin E, folate, magnesium, potassium, copper, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese, and is a very good source of dietary fiber. With their crisp, sweet, firm berries, Draper will make you forget how good they are for you.

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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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Draper Blueberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Botanical Name Vaccinium corymbosum x 'Draper'
Mature Height 4 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Foliage Color Slight
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Early Mid-Season