|Blueberry Type||Pros and Cons||Varieties||Regional Adaptation|
|Low-bush||Not as productive as other types, but useful for mass plantings in cold climates with acidic soil.||Minnesota-bred ‘Polaris’ and ‘Northblue’ grow less than 3 feet high and produce delicious berries.||Hardy to at least minus 25 degrees, these are great little shrubs for woodland edges in northern sites with acidic soil.|
|Highbush||These long-lived 5- to 6-foot bushes bear heavy crops with little maintenance and few pest problems.||Organically enriched acidic soil brings out the best flavor in ‘Blue Moon,’ ‘Jersey’ and other high-yielding varieties.||Require winter chilling, and hardy to at least minus 20 degrees; hardiness varies with variety.|
|Rabbiteye||Heavy-bearing bushes need little maintenance when kept mulched and grown in good soil. Plants can grow to 8 feet tall.||‘Tifblue,’ ‘Woodard’ and ‘Brightwell’ are top blueberry varieties for flavor, vigor and productivity.||Best blueberries for the South. Need fertile acidic soil. Hardy to zero degrees or more; cold tolerance varies with variety.|
To learn more, see Growing Blueberries.
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