Botanical Name: Vaccinium augustifolium 'Top Hat'; Family: Ericaceae
Height: 24 inches.
Depth: Set at the same level it is growing at in the container, or same depth as nursery on bare root plants. Firm well and water thoroughly.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade.
Pollinator: No pollinator required to set fruit, but another variety could certainly improve fruit set and size.
Foliage: Glossy, dark blue-green simple elliptical 1-2 inches long and half as wide.
Blooms: Mid Spring.
Form: Deciduous woody shrub.
Flower Form: Urn shaped 1/3 inches borne in loose axillary clusters.
Soil Requirements: Acidic, humus enriched soil.
Growth Rate: Slow once established, which takes approximately 8 - 10 weeks.
Comments: White late Spring blooms set the scene for the mid to late Summer crop of delicious 1/2 inch berries. Blue-green leaves turn fiery red in Autumn. Shrub grows 24 inches high and wide with a mounding habit. Hardy, carefree. Developed by Michigan State University , the plant was named for it's neat, very dense growth. This mound shaped shrub is an ideal specimen to be used in place of flowering shrubs in the ornamental landscape plan. This practically maintenance free plant is loaded with white flowers in Spring, has glossy blue-green leaves in the Summer, and then tops the Fall off with fiery red fall color that rivals or exceeds Burning Bush in intensity. The fruit is perfect for fresh eating, jams, or baking. Top Hat also makes a wonderful container patio plant, that will produce fruit and be quite decorative. Also makes an excellent bonsai subject.
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