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.