Recommended Highbush Blueberry Varieties for the Home Garden

The highbush blueberry is more heat tolerant than lowbush varieties, but less cold hardy. Highbush blueberries plants are much more vigorous than lowbush, and can reach heights of around 12 feet.

The fruit of highbush varieties is larger overall than that of lowbush varieties, and is generally of a high quality.

The following list of highbush blueberry varieties are some of the varieties most frequently recommended by universities and extension offices. These are varieties that have also proven to be popular with consumers.

Be sure to check the recommended hardiness zone for each variety you’re considering purchasing to see if it’s a good match for your area.

If you’re not sure about your hardiness zone, just click here.

No doubt this listing will leave out some great highbush blueberry varieties. If you know of a highbush variety that is not listed here, feel free to add it using the form at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Most blueberry varieties are self-pollinating, but you can usually achieve a larger fruit yield and better quality fruit by planting more than one variety for cross-pollination.

Bluecrop Blueberry

Bluecrop produces medium-sized, light blue berries on plants that reach a mature height of around 5 feet with a spread of about 4 to 6 feet. Fall foliage coloring is bright red, and even the bare stems are attractive in winter with their reddish coloring. Bluecrop berries ripen in midseason.

Bluecrop is recommended for zones 4 – 7.


Blueray Blueberry

Blueray produces large, powdery-blue berries on plants that reach a mature height of 5 to 6 feet with a spread of about 4 feet. Fall foliage coloring is primarily reddish-yellow. Blueray berries ripen in midseason.

Blueray is recommended for zones 4 – 7.


Duke Blueberry

Duke produces firm, slightly tart berries on plants that reach a mature height of 4 to 6 feet with a spread of 5 to 8 feet. Fall foliage coloring is predominantly yellow orange. Duke produces early season berries.

Duke is recommended for zones 4 – 7.


Earliblue Blueberry

Earliblue produces large berries on plants that reach a mature height of 6 to 8 feet. Fall foliage coloring is burgandy. Earliblue produces early season berries.

Earliblue is recommended for zones 5 – 9.


Jersey Blueberry

Jersey produces small to medium-sized, dark blue, sweet berries on plants that reach a mature height of 4 to 6 feet with a spread of 4 to 5 feet. Fall foliage coloring is predominantly red. Jersey produces late season berries.

Jersey is recommended for zones 4 – 8.


Northland Blueberry

Northland produces small, dark blue berries on plants that reach a mature height of 2 to 3 ½ feet with a spread of 3 to 4 feet. Fall foliage coloring is predominantly orange.

Northland is recommended for zones 4 – 7.


Patriot Blueberry

Patriot produces large berries on plants that reach a mature height of 4 to 6 feet with a spread of 4 to 5 feet. Fall foliage coloring is predominantly reddish orange. Patriot produces early season berries.

Patriot is recommended for zones 4 – 8.


Southern Highbush Blueberry Varieties


Highbush plants that are more suited to the southern portion of the highbush hardiness range are sometimes referred to as ‘southern highbush’ plants:


O’Neal Blueberry

O’Neal produces medium-sized, sweet berries on plants that reach a mature height of 4 to 6 feet with a spread of 4 to 5 feet. Fall foliage coloring is predominantly reddish orange. O’Neal produces early season berries.

O’Neal is recommended for zones 5 – 9.


Misty Blueberry

Misty produces medium to large berries on plants that reach a mature height of 4 to 6 feet with a spread of 4 to 5 feet. Misty produces early season berries.

Misty is recommended for zones 6 – 9.




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