Darrow's Blueberry, Evergreen Blueberry, Southern Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium darrowii (Darrow's Blueberry, Evergreen Blueberry, or Southern Highbush Blueberry) is a species of Vaccinium in the blueberry group (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus). Compared with northern varieties of blueberries, Southern highbush cultivars have lower chilling requirements, greater tolerance of high summer temperatures, somewhat greater drought tolerance and in these conditions produce better fruit than northern varieties. Plants are grown for the edible fruit as well as for the ornamental value.
Many commercial cultivars are hybrids, originating from crosses between Vaccinium darrowii with the Northern Highbush Blueberry V. corymbosum, as well as other species like V. virgatum and V. angustifolium.
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Southern highbush blueberries tend to be self-fertile as a rule, but fruiting begins earlier and berries are larger when multiple cultivars are interplanted for cross-pollination.
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Pests and diseases
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recommended for the fruit garden and landscape:
- Very early season: 'O’Neal'
- Early/midseason: 'Cape Fear'
- Midseason: 'Blue Ridge' and 'Georgia Gem' (adapted to Sandhills & Coastal Plains; frost protection needed in the Piedmont)
- Mid/late season: 'Legacy' and 'Summit'
- Late season: 'Ozarkblue' (Piedmont only).
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