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Blue Suede®

Southern Highbush Blueberry

Luscious large fruit ripen in early summer

The perfect addition to your home garden or container.  White flowers bloom in spring.  Luscious large fruit ripen in early summer and beautiful fall foliage highlights the fall and winter season.  Blends well in a shrub border, small garden or container.  Self-fertile, low maintenance, great nutritional benefits.

 

Vaccinium corymbosum 'TH-682' PP#21,222

Blue Suede® Southern Highbush Blueberry

Luscious large fruit ripen in early summer

Self-fertile, low maintenance, great nutritional benefits

Disease resistant & drought tolerant once established

White flowers bloom in spring

Create your own edible patio planter

Vibrant fall foliage adds seasonal appeal

 


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Blue Suede®

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Deciduous Shrub
Light
Full Sun
Average Height
3' to 5'
Average Width
3' to 5'
Average Spacing
3' to 5'
Hardiness Zones
Zone 6-9 (-10°F to 30°F) (-23°C to -1°C)
Soil Moisture
Well-drained, semi-moist
Blue Suede®

Features & Uses

Features:

  • Disease resistant
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Fall color


Uses:

  • Accent
  • Border
  • Container
  • Perennial Garden
  • Specimen

Blue Suede®

General Maintenance

Pruning:

  • Prune to maintain size and shape
     

Tips:

  • Self pollinating, but more fruitful if other varieties are planted. Plant three or more for a bountiful harvest.

Blue Suede®

Companion Plants

There are several plants that would make great companions in the garden or landscape.
The key to companion planting is selecting plants with similar cultural requirements. Below are a few suggestions:

 

Can be used in edible landscapes, but can also be combined with other acid loving shrubs such as azaleas, camellias and hollies.

Development Story

Blue Suede® is an exciting new Southern Highbush Blueberry developed by Dr. Scott NeSmith, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Horticulturist. With his research focused on ripening times, higher yield and medium-large berry size, he has a keen eye for choosing selections that stand out among the rest. 

Development Story

Development Story

Blue Suede® was chosen for its self-pollinating nature and high fruit yield. With no need to plant multiple bushes, homeowners can reduce the amount of space needed in the garden to produce luscious fruit. Also, unlike many commercial selections, the fruit ripens over a longer period of time enabling more fresh picks for tasty recipes.

Development Story

Development Story

Some History

The blueberry (vaccinium sp.) is one of the few fruits native to North America. For centuries, Native Americans gathered the sweet berries to consume both fresh and preserved. Along with the leaves and roots, blueberries were often used for medicinal purposes to treat coughs and other ailments. When colonies began to form in the seventeenth century and farms were established, they soon discovered the importance of blueberries as a native crop to harvest.

Development Story

Development Story

Over the years, its popularity flourished and it became a relied upon food source. Research has shown that blueberries provide a host of nutritional benefits. With their high levels of antioxidants, they help to optimize health by combatting free radicals at the cellular level. Recent studies are proving that antioxidants can even help to postpone the onset of cognitive problems frequently associated with aging.

Development Story

Development Story

Today, the highbush blueberry is grown commercially throughout the world with USA and Canada topping the list as maintaining the largest production and consumption. As interest around the world increases, breeders continue to lead key research studies to keep improving upon the naturally beneficial fruit!

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

 

Blue Suede® Blueberry is a four season landscape beauty. It can be used in edible landscapes, but can also be combined with other acid-loving shrubs such as azaleas, camellias and hollies. 

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Blue Suede requires loose acid soil rich in organic matter. Blue Suede flowers and fruits in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.Because it is self-fertile it also works well in containers on the patio or deck. Since blueberries have few insect or disease problems they can be grown pesticide free. Mulch blueberries with pine straw, compost or other organic matter to help hold moisture and cut down on weeds.

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Planting Guide

  • Dig a planting hole twice as large as the root ball
  • Remove plant from container and place in planting hole
  • Level top of root ball with the ground
  • Backfill
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Keep moist until established
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Pruning

Blueberries are very low maintenance plants. If pruning is needed, it should be done after fruiting. Remove old stems and weak branches to encourage heavy fruiting.

  • In The Garden

    In The Garden

    Blue Suede® Blueberry

    Create an edible container with Blue Suede® by underplanting herbs such as sage, rosemary & thyme. Easy to maintain, the self-pollinating variety provides luscious large fruit that ripens in early summer. It’s the perfect choice for those lazy days of summer.

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