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Prolific, Early-Ripening Duke Blueberry

Northern Highbush, Early Season

If you want a northern blueberry plant that earns its keep, plant a Duke Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). This lovely blueberry bush generates such a prolific crop of berries that its branches droop from the weight! Not only does it produce a great haul of berries, but its berries are superb in size and flavor.

Named after the founder of the Atlantic Blueberry Company in Hammonton New Jersey, Duke Galletta, this 1986 Rutgers/USDA release has become the number one Blueberry grown in New Jersey, one of the largest Blueberry growing states in the country.

The Duke Blueberry flowers late to avoid late freezes (but don't fret, because it's fruit ripens early!) And its spring blooms won't disappoint, either. These dainty bell-shaped blossoms are white with a blush of pink. They look like they've been plucked straight out of a fairytale!

Duke Blueberry's ornamental qualities are quite remarkable, as well. This lovely plant makes an excellent hedge. Its green spring-and-summer foliage has a unique leather-like texture. It's also known for showing off during autumn with vibrant yellow and orange leaves.

While this pleasant plant is quite attractive, its ability to produce juicy and tasty blueberries is impressive. The plants vigorous upright growth also made it attractive for ease of harvesting either, in the home garden or you pick farms.  

This consistent producer will burst with plenty of fruit year after year. Its berries are medium to large, firm, and stay fresh longer than any other variety. These berries are guaranteed to make you smile with their lightly tart flavor.

One plant can produce 10-15 pounds of medium to large berries that are very firm and tasty and retain their fresh quality over a long period.  Dukes can easily be stored  by freezing or used in any of the traditional blueberry recipes for cooking, baking or in jams and preserves.

Make friends with the neighbors by sharing these tasty berries. And don't worry, there will be plenty left over for your pies and jam. And if your friends are out of town, you can store these long-lasting berries until their return since they stay fresh for so long.

The only question you should have is "where should I plant one of these fantastic plants?" The Duke Blueberry does best in full sun with acidic soil. It grows upright, so it won't need a whole lot of horizontal space, but you may want to provide it with a little extra support.

Luckily, Duke Blueberry has great disease resistant and is widely adaptable, growing well in zones 4-7. Duke is adapted to areas with higher humidity where it requires full sun to produce high quality berries. In drier climates, mulch and protection from the hot afternoon sun is recommended.

Duke requires an acid soil pH of 5.5 or lower in the ground or when grown in containers. Have your soil tested before planting, and work to adjust the soil at the level of the roots well in advance. Water with rain water, and enrich your blueberries with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Fertilizer. 

Reward yourself with some nutritious, antioxidant and vitamin-rich blueberries! Not only will the Duke Blueberry be a feast for your stomach, but it's a feast for the eyes, as well. This low-maintenance plant is hardy and produces like a champion. Order today!

  • Prolific Producer of Exceptional Berries
  • Elegant Bell-Shaped White and Pink Spring Flowers
  • Delightfully Colorful Fall Foliage
  • Hardy and Low-Maintenance

Although Duke blueberry is self-fruitful, it will provide larger crops with other blueberry varieties close by. Try Earlierblue, Bluecrop and Liberty as pollination partners.

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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 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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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Duke Blueberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Botanical Name Vaccinium 'Duke'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 8 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White