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Often Considered the Best Blueberry
Tifblue is an extraordinary Rabbiteye Blueberry that ripens midseason. The vigorous Tifblue Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei 'Tifblue') will produce delectable, firm and flavorful fruit.
This variety is adaptable to a variety of soils, and overall very hardy. It's better able to tolerate late winter and early spring freezes than conventional Highbush Blueberry varieties. It has a greater tolerance to higher pH soils.
This is a self-fruitful, premium Blueberry, but you'll enjoy a far bigger crop when you plant additional Rabbiteye varieties (such as Climax and Brightwell) nearby. The good news with adding more Blueberry shrubs is two-fold. First, you'll enjoy a larger harvest and second, careful planning with extend your harvest period.
In spring, buds open into delicate, white, bell-shaped blossoms. The flowers are followed by a big crop of sweet, superior fruit that begins to ripen in the Midseason. The light blue berries appear in clusters displayed against the blue-green foliage.
Tifblue is a big producer of highly nutritious Blueberries. Loaded with beneficial antioxidants, Vitamin C, manganese for bone development, fiber and fiber, you can hardly find a healthier fruit. You'll love being able to "hand-pick" a healthy snack for your family. Freeze, and use in sweet and savory recipes.
Just be prepared. You'll want to plan ahead to prep a BIG crop with this premium variety. Host an annual Blueberry party or take a few days off work. You'll want to get ALL the benefits from your backyard orchard, after all.
The small to medium size fruit is firm and tastes like a tart, wild Blueberry until ripe. Once ripe, the flavor mellows into a rich, flavorful taste. The berries hang onto the bush quite well, but you'll want to protect your crop from hungry birds using nets.
Tifblue offers one of the best fall color displays. You'll love the remarkable transition from vibrant green to shades of brilliant burgundy red.
With an upright form and large size, this is a wonderful edible ornamental screen in the landscape. Plant several for a unique, hard-working privacy hedge with benefits.
Remember to consider several different Rabbiteyes for your own mini-orchard or to screen out that unwanted view. They don't require special care and yet provide flowers, berries, form and fall interest every year.
Of course, even more enchanting is the opportunity to have your own delicious fruit available to you, fresh-picked by your own hand. It’s a marvel to be sure… and one you won’t want to miss out on experiencing this year!
- Delicious, Healthy Fruit Ripens Midseason
- Spring Flowers
- Adaptive and Hardy
- Low Chilling Requirements of 600 - 700 Hours
- Good Drought Tolerance
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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Foundation of the Southern Blueberry Industry
A University of Georgia release in 1955, the Tifblue was the result of the early work of Dr. Tom Brightwell and the USDA. A select seedling from a carefully monitored collection of seedlings, the goal being to select a fine flavored Blueberry able to tolerate the hot humid and often unpredictable climates of the Southern states.
The results were three selections beginning in 1950, the first 2 marginally successful, but the Tifblue changed the Blueberry industry.
Tifblue is one of the first commercial Rabbiteye Blueberries to offer a competitive quality that the Southeastern and Southern Blueberry growers could be proud of. Starting in the 1960's and continuing well into the 1980's, the Tifblue became the most widely planted Rabbiteye planted throughout the world.
Growing Zones 6-9
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Vaccinium ashei 'Tifblue'|
|Mature Height||10 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 12 feet|
|Soil Type||Well drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fall Color||Burgundy / Purple|