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Earliblue Blueberry Bush

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Heirloom Blueberry with Modern Appeal

Northern Highbush, Early Season

Earliblue Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Earliblue)' is one of the original successful crosses done by Frederick Coville Chief botanist of the USDA in 1911 and 1913. The results became the cornerstones of today's modern Blueberry.

The introductions from these early crosses continued long after Coville's death in 1937. The Earliblue was finally introduced in 1952. It was one of the first Northern Highbush Blueberries to be commercially grown. Earliblue Blueberry is long lived, living up to 30 years under optimal conditions.

The Earliblue has a wide range of adaptability in the colder climates and a wonderful flavor. The upright, compact habit of the plant makes it an easy to place into the landscape to add beauty and functionality to your yard.

It's best known for its medium to large fruit that is both wonderfully sweet and aromatic. Earliblue's fruit has a mild sweet flavor, is resistant to cracking and ripens uniformly.

Earliblue is considered one of the earliest ripening of the Northern Highbush varieties. This makes it a good choice for starting off your season in your blueberry collection. Include a few different varieties is container to assure pollination and a long harvest.

Although Northern Highbush Blueberries are self-fruitful, they will set better crops with other selection of planted close by. Always consider ripening times when selecting Blueberry plants to provide pollination and extend your harvest time.

Gorgeous, bell-shaped flowers bloom in mid-spring, their pristine-white shade hinting at a subtle pink as they dangle daintily below the reddish-grey branches. The glossy, green leaves provide a rich backdrop for both the flowers and fruit, and they transition to a lively burgundy-red for autumn.

The Earliblue is an excellent choice for container growing where its stately upright well-mannered growth habit will stand out. Like all Blueberries, Earliblue prefers acidic soils with a pH of less than 5.5. Don't forget to make sure that the potting soil use is acidic, or listed for "Ericaceous" plants like Azalea and Rhododendrons. Add soil Sulphur to stabilize the PH in the 5.5 or lower range in your container.

Blueberries have long been valued for their exquisite flavor but also for their nutritional attributes, and Earliblue Blueberry is no exception. Classified as a superfood, they provide some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any food.

Making an investment in an Earliblue gives you delicious, healthy fruit and landscape beauty. Take a step in the right direction toward a healthier you. Order today!

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  • Medium to Large, Firm, Sweet, Light Blue Fruit
  • Spring Flowers and Burgundy Fall Color
  • Early Harvest
  • Works Well in Containers

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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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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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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Earliblue Blueberry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Vaccinium corymbosum 'Earliblue'
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Early Season