Wonderful in the Coldest Climates
Half-High, Early Mid-Season
Northcountry Blueberry (Vaccinium 'Northcountry') is a very cold-hardy Half-High. These are natural hybrid crosses of the Northern Highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum) and the Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium). Half-Highs bring the best of both parents and are wonderful for smaller yards.
Introduced in 1983 by the University of Minnesota, the Northcountry was first selected for its low stature and resistance to winter injury. It should be a first choice for those desiring to grow Blueberries in cold winter areas.
Northcountry is a very compact, low spreading plant that will require little pruning in the first few years. The abundant fruit has an attractive, sky blue color and a sweet, wild Blueberry flavor.
These small to medium size berries are great for a variety of uses, including fresh eating, baking and in jams and preserves. Wonderfully productive, Northcountry is known to produce 3-5 pounds of fruit off of a single mature plant.
It displays a profusion of dainty white tinged pink bell-shaped flowers in spring. This is followed by clusters of fruit which is displayed on the outside of the plant. This display makes the Northcountry a wonderful ornamental plant for the landscape.
Intermix the Northcountry Blueberry cultivar in your landscape for a wonderful edible ornamental effect. You'll love it all growing season, including the brilliant red fall color, too.
Its dwarf compact size also makes it a great candidate for a patio container plant. The Northcountry requires very acidic soil, so be sure to pot the plants with an acid potting mix. One that is recommended for Azaleas, Camelias, and Rhododendrons. Add some extra peat moss if possible or enough soil Sulphur to get the pH of the soil to 4.5-5.5.
In the ground, Northcountry Blueberry prefers organically rich soils that are well drained. As with container growing, the pH must be below 5.5 for the plants to thrive.
The plants will tolerant full sun in most areas with high summer humidity. In areas with dry, hot summers give it protection from the hot afternoon sun. The shallow, fibrous roots needs to be kept moist and cool, so Northcountry appreciates a good organic mulch both in the ground and in containers.
Plant with other cultivars for improved fruit production and extended harvest. Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious and high in antioxidants. Try them fresh or used in cobbler, cake, sauce, jam, jelly or syrup. There is nothing better than super fresh Blueberry pancakes made with fruit you grew yourself.
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- Very Cold Hardy
- Compact Shape
- Perfect for Containers
- Delicious Wild Blueberry Flavor
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|
|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||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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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|Botanical Name||Vaccinium 'Northcountry'|
|Mature Height||2 -3 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||Early Mid-Season|