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One of the Best Rabbiteye Blueberries

  • Ripens Early
  • Only Requires 300 Chill Hours
  • Healthy Superfruit
  • Very High Quality Fruit
  • Great in Containers

Rabbiteye, Early Season

Perfect for Southern gardens, Woodard Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei 'Woodard') is a medium sized shrub that produces large, sweet, fabulous fruit. In the lower chill or dryer climates of the South, Woodard is adaptive to a wider range of soil types and is tolerant of higher pH conditions (up to 6). 

Plant a few along your garage or outbuilding for a lovely and productive shrub border. Woodard will do well in containers. 

Woodard Blueberry is a Rabbiteye type blueberry bush, which ensures your shrub will provide you with sweeter berries that freeze well. Woodard is also one of the shortest of the Rabbiteyes, so you'll have a much easier time harvesting your berries. With berries as delicious as this sweet variety, you won't want to miss a single one!

The berries ripen in late-spring/mid-summer and are large with a lovely, light blue shade. 

Woodard Blueberry also has many ornamental features. The delicate, bell-shaped blossoms that precede the berries are an white and pink. This spring display a such a welcome sight after the long winter's rest.

It has an upright nature, rounded form and good fiery fall color. It's far hardier than many other varieties and low maintenance as well, so won't require a lot of time and effort from you. You will however want to plant more than one variety for cross-pollination which will give you optimal yields.

With its array of exceptional qualities, it's easy to see why gardeners are on the hunt for this special variety. Order today!

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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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One of the First Rabbiteyes

Woodard Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei 'Woodard') is a classic rabbiteye blueberry named after one of the original hybridizers, Dr. Otis J. Woodard. Released by the University of Georgia in 1960, 'Woodard' was one of hundreds of native 'Ashei' seedling blueberries studied closely by the University of Florida and the University of Georgia beginning in 1949.

A medium sized shrub with ornamental features and fabulous fruit, Woodard was a variety selected first for the large berry size and the excellent flavor. Requiring as little as 300 hours chill, Woodard's wide range of southern adaptability only made this blueberry variety that much more attractive.

Not quite as firm and suited for shipping and freezing, the Woodard's excellent flavor made it a quick favorite of farmers markets and You Pick growers. With this early exposure, it quickly became a home garden favorite.


Woodard Blueberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Botanical Name Vaccinium ashei 'Woodard'
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Average
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink & White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Early Season