List of Blueberry Bushes That Cross Pollinate

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List of Blueberry Bushes That Cross Pollinate
Blueberry bushes will produce higher-quality berries if they cross polinate. (bilberry image by ril from

According to the University of Ohio extension, there are three classification of blueberry bushes: highbush, lowbush and rabbiteye. Although blueberry bushes are self-fruiting and do not need more than one type to produce berries, the size and quality of blueberries will improve if the blueberry bushes are cross pollinated. Planting several types of blueberry bushes will also extend your harvest season if you plant bushes that bear fruit at different times.

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Elliot is a highbush variety recommended for the northern part of the U.S. Elliot bushes are large, hardy bushes that produce abundant yields of very large blueberries late in the berry-picking season. The berries of Elliot are resistant to mummy berry, a disease that causes berries to wither on the bush.


Bluecrop is a highbush variety that bears its crop midway through the berry-growing season. The berries produced on this bush are medium sized, but the plant yields a large crop. Bluecrop bushes are a good choice for areas of little rainfall because the bushes are very drought tolerant.


Climax is a rabbiteye blueberry variety recommended for the central and southeastern United States. These blueberry bushes are well-adapted to hot, humid summers and mild winters. The shrub bears medium sized, medium dark-blue coloured berries early in the season.


Powderblue is a midseason rabiteye blueberry bush that grows well in the southeastern United States. The berries of powderblue have characteristics similar to Tifblue. The two varieties may be planted and harvested together. Powderblue shrubs grow up to 10 feet high and 6 feet in diameter. This makes powderblue suitable for shrubs or hedges.


Northblue is a hybrid cultivar that is the result of a cross between highbush and lowbush blueberries. Northblue is a very winter-hardy blueberry bush that only grows to about 3 feet in height. The berry bushes produce large, vigorous berries similar to those produced by highbush varieties. Northblue blueberry bushes produce fruit mid to late in the berry growing season. The fruit stores well and has a hint of wild blueberry flavour.


Northland is an early season fruit-bearing cultivator cross between a highbush and lowbush blueberry. The shrub has a mature height of 4 feet and a moderate spreading habit. Northland blueberry bushes produce an abundant supply of medium-sized fruits with a medium-blue skin. The berries are sweet and are suitable for cooking, jams or jellies.

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