O'Neal Blueberry Bush

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Flavor Favorite, O'Neal Blueberry Bush

  • Southern Highbush Blueberry
  • Early Season
  • Heat Tolerant of High Heat
  • Delicious Fresh Fruit for Weeks
  • Harvest Starts Early and Lasts and Lasts
  • Dark-Blue Fruit
  • Wonderfully Sweet Flavor
  • Superior Fresh Eating
  • White, Bell-Shaped Blooms in Spring
  • Attractive Gray-Green Foliage is Semi-Evergreen in Warm Climates
  • Brilliant Red Fall Color
  • Spreading Growth Habit
  • Sturdy Red Stems
  • Grow in Ground, Containers or Grow Bags
  • Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Excellent Pollinizer Plant

Can't wait for the incredible, sweet taste of blueberries in springtime? Plant the early season O'Neal Blueberry (Vaccinium x 'O'Neal') in your Edible Landscape.

You'll have early berries with an out-of-this-world flavor. No wonder O'Neal berries are a premium selection at Farmers Markets!

High levels of natural fruit sugar and beneficial antioxidants make these indigo-blue berries a total powerhouse. You'll get a huge health boost with a big smile on your face.

Beyond their delicious fruit...these Southern Highbush "blues" remain semi-evergreen in warmer climates. You'll appreciate O'Neal's handsome good looks all year-long.

Enjoy the white, bell-shaped spring blooms. They are especially delightful, because you know they'll develop into those tasty berries you love so much!

O'Neal has thick, sturdy stems that color up red. They make an architectural accent to your berry patch.

Fine-textured foliage is gray-green. This variety adds a sophisticated counterpoint to the bushier Sunshine Blue or large-leafed Misty.

O'Neil's dark-blue berry clusters are easy to pick. Although O'Neal is a self-pollinating plant, you'll get bigger yields (up to 10 pounds of fruit per plant!) with partners nearby.

Add Misty, Jubilee and Jewel to your Nature Hills order for a fantastic variety. It's important to know that O'Neal is a great pollinizer partner for other Southern Highbush varieties.

Use the large, sweet berries for a fresh snack. Their exceptional flavor adds a gourmet touch to mixed green salads with sliced almonds.

Fanciful layered yogurt parfaits make a satisfying dessert. And blueberry sauce takes only minutes, but adds a lot of flavor to everything from pancakes to chicken wings!

It only takes a handful to turn you into a life-long convert.

Baby your O'Neals. They are so worth it!

O'Neal Blueberries boost the impact of your autumn landscape as the leaves turn a fiery red. Take advantage of their fall foliage display by planting them in front of mature evergreen trees.

Order commercial-grade plant material from Nature Hills. O'Neal is a special "Blue" that delivers the delectable harvest you crave.

Don't miss this year's inventory, it will go quickly. Buy your O'Neal Blueberries now.

How to Use O'Neal Blueberry in the Landscape

Rich, sweet berries that start early and keep on coming for several weeks. Tuck O'Neal near your kitchen door, if you can.

They make a charming display with petite, cool-toned summer foliage that fires up to intense red as the nights get colder.

Open and airy, O'Neal offers a fetching sculptural display in your landscape. Use it as a beautiful contrast to other shrubs and fruiting bushes.

With substantial, red-pigmented stems, small leaves and large clusters of dark-blue berries, O'Neal makes a big statement.

Use these excellent pollinizers at either end of a mixed Blueberry hedge. You'll get bigger yields and an eye-catching garden feature.

Space them four to six feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next and mulch between with pine straw or pine bark.

Blueberries look magnificent in front of rougher-textured plants. Place them in the foreground of a mixed shrub border, and let their unique beauty shine.

O'Neal easily holds its own with Azaleas and Rhododendrons. They are good partners, as both require acidic soils with a pH between 4.5 to 5.5.

If your soil is alkaline, or you are renting, grow your bushes in containers or grow bags. Harvest your gourmet treats on your balcony.

Get expert advice on high-density planting container culture and planting for successive harvests from the Nature Hills team. Visit our Garden Blog and YouTube channel for how-tos.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Blueberries require acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.5 at their root zone. It's best to test your soil before you plant in the ground.

Work to lower pH at the root zone with sulfur, and organic amendments like peat moss. It will take time to change your soil pH. Testing the soil regularly, so you won't wind up overdoing it!

If your pH is well outside their range, grow them in containers. Alkaline soil usually means alkaline tap water, too. Use neutral pH rainwater to water your blueberry bushes.

In the warmest climates, give them morning sun and afternoon shade. They need at least four hours of direct sunlight a day. Fun sun is fine if the summers are cooler.

Apply consistent weekly moisture, especially during fruit production. Use pine straw or bark as mulch in a three-inch layer; even on container-grown plants.

Young stems are the most productive. Every few years in early spring, remove a few of the woodiest, thickest stems. This is an easy way to rejuvenate your O'Neals to encourage plenty of sweet berries.

People adore their flavor. No wonder this variety is in such high demand. Place your order for O'Neal Blueberry today!

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

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
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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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

O'Neal Blueberry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Vaccinium x 'O'Neal'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Gray-Green
Fall Color Red
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No