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Out of Season O'Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry
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O'Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry

Earliest to bloom.

Ripens early with large, high-quality fruit. Bloom often starts in the fall in the southern half of Zone 8 and in Zone 9, and continues during warm periods until normal bloom time! Main crop ripens late April to May. Zones 7–9.
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Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Vaccinium corymbosum 'O'Neal'; Family: Ericaceae
  • Height: 6 feet.
  • Spacing: 4 - 5 feet.
  • Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the nursery.
  • Spread: 4 - 6 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating. Use Sharpblue, Georgia Gem or Cape Fear for cross pollination to increase yields.
  • Color: Creamy White.
  • Foliage: Medium green-gray foliage with a medium glossy appeal.
  • Blooms: Spring
  • Zone: 6 - 10 ( 0° F.).
  • Form: Upright
  • Soil Requirements: Moist, well-drained, acidic soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Pruning: Blueberries should be pruned during the Winter while the bushes are dormant. In Winter, flower buds are easily visible on one-year-old wood and their numbers can be adjusted by pruning to regulate the crop load for the coming year.
  • Size: 1/4 - 1/2 inch blossoms.
  • Comments: Very sweet and firm, large O'Neal berries are held up by many as the best flavored of the Southern Highbush varieties. From mid-May through mid-June, the 4- to 6-ft. bushes are covered in delicious, medium blue berries. Attractive green-gray foliage turns to shades of orange to wine in fall. Wonderful for southern gardens, but is hardy as far North as zone 5. Zones 5-9. Good for Southern gardens. A low-chill highbush type. Requires 200 chilling hours. Introduced in 1987 by the USDA. Not available in GA, MI, OR, WA.

Shipping

Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
ZONE All Other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 5/5/19 - 6/21/19
4B 5/5/19 - 6/21/19
5A 4/1/19 - 6/21/19
5B 3/18/19 - 6/21/19
6A 3/11/19 - 6/21/19
6B 3/4/19 - 6/21/19
7A 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
7B 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
8A & B 2/19/19 - 6/21/19
9A & B 2/19/19 - 6/21/19
10A & B 2/11/19 - 6/21/19
Last Order Date 1A-7B: 6/17/19
8A-10B: 6/3/19

Additional Shipping Notes:

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Sorry, we cannot ship products to Hawaii, Alaska, APO/FPO or outside the contiguous United States. Please provide a street address as some products are unable to be delivered to Post Office boxes.

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