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O'Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry

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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. Bareroot. Zones 7–9.
  • Zone 6 - 10 ( 0° F.).
  • Height 6 feet.
  • Light Required Full sun to partial shade.

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  • 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.
  • Sun/Shade: 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
  • 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.

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