Is it really c-c-c-cold where you live?
If so, lowbush blueberries might do very well for you.
The lowbush is the most cold hardy of all blueberry plants.
They reach a maximum height of about a foot and a half. And though the berries they produce tend to be small, they're also quite sweet and intensely flavored.
The following list of lowbush 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.
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.
Brunswick produces small, light blue berries on plants that reach a mature height of 1 - 2 feet with a spread of about 2 feet. Fall foliage coloring is reddish-orange.
Brunswick is recommended for zones 3 – 6.
Top Hat produces medium sized, purple-blue berries on plants that reach a mature height of 18 - 24 inches with a spread of about 2 feet.
Fall foliage coloring is reddish-bronze.
Top Hat is particularly well suited to growing in pots. Many people choose Top Hat for growing indoors, in containers.
(You'll sometimes see Top Hat referred to as "Bonsai Blueberry.")
Top Hat is recommended for zones 3 – 7.
Some blueberry varieties are crosses between highbush and lowbush blueberries. These are called ‘half-high’ varieties, and they combine characteristics of both lowbush and highbush blueberries:
Northblue produces large (for a lowbush), dark blue berries on plants that reach a mature height of 2 - 3 feet with a spread of about 4 - 6 feet.
Fall foliage coloring is primarily reddish-yellow.
Northblue berries ripen in midseason.
Northblue is recommended for zones 3 – 7 (might be a bit iffy for zone 7).
Northsky produces small, light blue berries on plants that reach a mature height of 1 - 2 feet with a spread of about 2 feet.
Fall foliage coloring is predominantly bright red.
Northsky is recommended for zones 3 – 7 (might be a bit iffy for zone 7).