Close-up of the showy, bell-shaped flowers of Vaccinium corymbosum 'Duke' Highbush Blueberry.

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Duke' (Highbush Blueberry)

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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Duke' is a cultivar of highbush blueberry, a bushy, upright shrub known and widely regarded for its tasty edible fruits, which are also prized by birds and wildlife. The 'Duke' cultivar is noted for its late-flower/early-fruit growth habit, which means that although it produces flowers later in the season than other blueberry cultivars, protecting the blooms from late frosts, flower turns to fruit faster than in other cultivars, making for impressive, larger crops of berries.

'Duke' grows to between five and seven feet tall, producing white, bell-shaped flowers which are attractive to pollinators and butterflies in late May; flowers begin ripening into edible fruit by as early as mid June. Blueberry bushes like 'Duke' make great additions to open yards as a source of free fruit, or as border and hedge plantings, where you can produce fruit en masse, and fall colors of yellow and orange add multi-season interest.

Native to Maryland and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Tall: 49-72"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic and Rich Organic Matter
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Berries, Fall Color, Fruit, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Keystone Plant
Tolerances:
Garden Type: Meadow, Small Space, Rock Garden, Specimen Tree, and Woodland Garden

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