Do you live in a toasty southern clime? If so, then rabbiteye blueberry plants will likely be your blueberry of choice.
Rabbiteyes are more heat tolerant than all other blueberry varieties, but less cold hardy.
Rabbiteye blueberries are also the most vigorous and most productive type of blueberry. In fact, rabbiteye blueberry plants can reach heights of over 20 feet when left unpruned.
The fruit of the rabbiteye blueberry ranges from medium to very large in size, with good fruit quality.
The rabbiteye’s heat tolerance makes it particularly well suited for gardeners in the southern U.S. (and comparable climes).
And in case you were wondering - rabbiteyes are named for the pinkish coloration of the berries as they ripen.
The following list of rabbiteye 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 type and variety of blueberry plant you’re considering purchasing to see if it’s suitable for your area. If you’re not sure about your hardiness zone, just click here.
Most likely this listing will leave out some great rabbiteye blueberry varieties. If there’s a variety that is not listed here that you’ve had great results with, feel free to add it using the form at the bottom of this page.
NOTE: Rabbiteye blueberry plants are more dependent upon cross-pollination than other types of blueberries. It’s recommended that you plant more than one variety of rabbiteye to assure the best fruit production.
Beckyblue produces large, light medium blue berries with good flavor. The plants are moderately vigorous and upright. Beckyblue produces early season berries.
Recommended pollinator for Beckyblue is Climax.
Beckyblue is recommended for zones 7 - 10.
Brightwell produces large to very large light blue berries with very good flavor. The plants are vigorous and upright.
Brightwell produces early to midseason berries.
Brightwells are particularly easy to pick because they are sweet as soon as they are well colored.
Recommended pollinator for Brightwell is Climax.
Brightwell is recommended for zones 7 - 10.
Centurion produces medium-sized berries with medium to dark blue coloring. The plants are vigorous and compactly upright. Centurion produces late season berries. Centurion is a recommended variety for extending the blueberry season into late summer.
Centurion is recommended for zones 7 - 10.
Climax produces medium-sized berries with medium to light blue coloring. The flavor of the fruit is excellent if the berries are allowed to ripen fully (they won’t be ripe as soon as they turn blue). The plants are moderately vigorous and upright. Climax produces early season berries.
Recommended pollinators for Climax are Beckyblue, Brightwell and Tifblue.
Climax is recommended for zones 7 - 10.
Powderblue produces medium-sized berries with light blue coloring. The flavor of the fruit is sweet, and the fruit tends to be very firm.
The plants are moderately vigorous and upright to semi-upright.
Powderblue produces mid to late season berries.
Recommended pollinators for Powderblue are Brightwell, Climax and Tifblue.
Powderblue is recommended for zones 7 - 10.
Tifblue produces medium to large berries with light blue coloring. The flavor of the berries is very sweet if not picked as soon as they are well colored. The plants are very vigorous and upright.
Tifblue produces mid to late season berries.
Tifblue is a mainstay of the commercial blueberry industry in the southern U.S.
Recommended pollinators for Tifblue are Brightwell and Climax.
Tifblue is recommended for zones 7 - 10.