Recommended Highbush Blueberry Varieties for the Home Garden

If you don't live in a land of extremes - not too hot, and not too cold - the highbush blueberry might be just right for you.

The highbush 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.  

About These Highbush Varieties...

The following list of highbush blueberry plants are some of the varieties most frequently recommended by universities and extension offices.

These varieties are also selected based upon their popularity with consumers.

Where I'm aware of a good online source for these plants, I've included a product link. And of course, you might be able to find these plants at your local nursery. 

You Need to Know Your Zone

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

Not sure what hardiness zone you’re in? Click here.

I’m sure this listing will leave out some wonderful lowbush varieties. But I've tried to include only varieties that are widely recommended by experts.

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

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.  

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Blueray

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.  

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Duke

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

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

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. Jersey produces late season berries.

Fall foliage coloring is predominantly red.

Jersey is recommended for zones 4 – 8.  

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Northland

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

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

Fall foliage coloring is predominantly reddish orange. 

Patriot is recommended for zones 4 – 8.  

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Southern Highbush Blueberry Varieties

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

O’Neal

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. 

O’Neal produces early season berries.

Fall foliage coloring is predominantly reddish orange. 

O’Neal is recommended for zones 5 – 9.  

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Misty

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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