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BLUEBERRIES FOR COLD CLIMATES
Note: The plants that are listed below are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the plants we currently offer in our our Retail and Wholesale stores.

HIGH BUSH BLUEBERRIES FOR COLD CLIMATES | index

Wholesale & Retail StoresRetail StoreWholesale StoreWelcome to Hartmann’s extensive collection of blueberry varieties. You will find both old flavor favorites as well as a wide assortment of newer cultivars. There are many to choose from for any climate, so enjoy making your selections.

EARLY SEASON

Duke – 4 to 6 ft. at maturity. Ripens July 1 in zone 5. Yields 10 to 15 lbs. per plant. Medium size berry of excellent, firm quality. Ships well to fresh markets. Berries are borne on long stems and loose clusters, making for easy harvesting. Has adapted well throughout the United States and is very popular with growers. Ripens July 1 in zone 5. Grown successfully in zones 5 -8.

Hannahs Choice – An early ripening blueberry cultivar for cold climates released for 2000 by the USDA. The sweet flavor and firmness of the fruit is a big improvement for this new high bush blueberry. In New Jersey 50% ripeness was reached 2 days earlier than the leading early cultivar Duke. Fruits are medium to large in size and light blue with small scars. Fruit flavor is sweet sub acid, and mild flavored with pronounced peach accents. Recommended for zones 6 -8 until further testing is completed.

EARLY-MID SEASON

Blue Jay – An early midseason cultivar. The fruits have good sweet flavor and are excellent quality, which makes this plant a good machine harvested berry. Fruits are medium size and yields are consistently high. Grows successfully in zones 4-8.

Patriot – A great plant for u-pick. The flowers appear early in the spring season, so protection from frost is recommended. The plants are extremely hardy and practically disease resistant. Large fruits are sweet, balanced with acidity producing medium to heavy yields. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

Sierra – A beautiful powder blue large berry. We adore the flavor and the firmness of the fruits; the freshness of Sierra’s flavor lasts up to 7 days from the day it was harvested. Sierra is an excellent choice for a u-pick or fresh market. Grown successfully in zones 5-8.

MID SEASON

Blue Crop – The fruits are medium to large in size. Blue Crop is well known in the industry for its resistance to adverse weather conditions and consistent yields. Blue Crop adapts well to many kinds of soil types. It has been the main cultivar for commercial and u-pick growers. The flavor is mildly sweet with some acidity. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

Blue Ray – Perhaps the best midseason ripening cultivar for u-pick growers. Fruits are large, some of them an inch in diameter. Flavors of sweetness with a desirable hint of acidity make it a fine flavored fruit. Yields are consistently high in all recommended zones. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

Caras Choice – The newest blueberry cultivar for cold climates, released from the USDA in 2000. It is midseason in ripening with high quality fruits. The fruits are sweet with balanced acidity, a superior flavor with good aroma. Plants have not been tested in all areas yet so official yields have not been determined. Recommended for zones 6-8 until further testing is completed.

Elizabeth – Named after Elizabeth White, one of the early blueberry researchers. Elizabeth has the flavor everyone loves. The balance of sweetness and tartness cannot be duplicated by any other variety. Berries ripen during midseason; the fruits are medium size and are recommended for u-pick and local fresh markets only. Grown successfully in zones 5-7.

Herbert – A medium to large size fruit. The flavors of the fruits are sweet and aromatic. Recommended for u-pick or home gardeners. Grown successfully in zones 5-7.

Little Giant – The fruits are small, 1000 berries per pound and extremely flavorful. Yields are consistently high and the bush grows to 4 feet at maturity. Fruits are highest in antioxidants of most all the other cultivars. Grown successfully in zones 4-7.

Meader – A cold hardy plant with large fruits. Professor Elwyn Meader from New Hampshire released his cultivar because of its upright-open bush habit and its fine flavor. Grown successfully in zones 4-7.

Rubel – A highbush cultivar from the wild. The fruits tested high in antioxidants, because of its small size and possibly because it is a straight non-hybrid species. It is an excellent berry for commercial growers for processed market. Its small fruit is prized for its sweet and wild type flavor, which makes it ideal for baking. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

Toro – The fruits of some cultivars occasionally are blue on top but are unripe on the backside, this is related to cool weather during the summer. Toro is the one variety that ripens uniformly. A large berry that is firm, its balance of sweetness and acidity rate Toro a very good flavor. The plants are strong growers and produce high yields yearly. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

MID-LATE SEASON

Berkeley – A late midseason fruit with a beautiful powdery blue appearance. The flavor is good and is recommended for u-pick because of its larger size berry. Grown successfully in zones 5-8.

Blue Gold – A 1989 release from the USDA, for mid to late season fruits. The fruits are medium in size with excellent flavor and are high in antioxidants. Fresh marketing is recommended because of the long storage capability, the attractive color, and perfectly round shape of the fruit. Production is consistently high in recommended zones. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

Coville – An older flavorful cultivar with large fruits. The flavor begins with an acceptable tartness when the first berries ripen. As days go by the fruit becomes sweeter. Coville is recommended only for local fresh markets and u-pick. Grown successfully in zones 5-7.

Jersey – A popular cultivar of the 1950’s, everyone loves the flavor of Jersey. It has been a berry-marketed worldwide for many years. The fruits are flavorful and medium size. Yields are medium high in UDSA recommended zones. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

Brigitta Blue – This late ripening cultivar has an excellent quality. Controlled atmosphere storage is recommended to store the fruit for late higher priced markets. The berries have a wonderful flavor being mostly sweet with a small hint of acidity. The fruits are very firm and flavorful. Harvesting is recommended by hand or mechanical and the berries ripen uniformly. Production is high and consistent. Grown successfully in zones 5-8.

Nelson – A large fruited cultivar that makes a beautiful fresh display of blueberry fruit. The flavor is sweet with slight tartness. This is a good cultivar to plant for u-pick or commercial grower; it is a quality mid-late season fruit.Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

LATE SEASON

Elliott – It is one of the heaviest and most consistent yielding cultivars. The flavor of this fruit is high acid when the first fruits ripen. As the later harvests begin to ripen the flavors change to more sweetness. The fruits are firm and they are excellent fruits for controlled atmosphere storage for late higher priced markets. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

HALF HIGH BLUEBERRIES | index

EARLY SEASON

North Blue – A cold hardy plant for u-pick and local fresh markets. Fruits are large, attractive, and full of sweet flavor. The plant will grow to 24" at maturity and is a strong grower. It is a very nice ornamental plant with deep green foliage in summer and yellow-orange in autumn. Grown successfully in zones 3-8.

EARLY-MID SEASON

North Country – Short in stature, plant maturing at 20" high. Fruits are small and flavorful, good for home gardener use. This cultivar is an outstanding ornamental with profuse flowering and brilliant fall colors. Grown successfully in zones 3-8.

Northland –The flavor of the fruits are mostly sweet from the 1st to the last fruits. We like the plant because it grows in any soil type and is virtually indestructible in any environment. The production is consistently high in recommended zones. Plants grow to 4 feet high. Grown successfully in zones 3-7.

North Sky – The plant is a very nice ornamental with excellent fall colors. The fruits are small and full of wild type sweet flavor. The spreading growth will grow to a height of 20 inches at maturity. The plants grow in most soil types. Grown successfully in zones 3-7.

MID SEASON

Click for larger viewChippewa – A very cold hardy cultivar released by University of Minnesota. Fruits are medium size and have good firmness and fine flavor. The highly glossed foliage always looks healthy and appears to have some disease resistance. Excellent for ornamental use as well as commercial production. Grown successfully in zones 3-7.

Friendship – A low in stature cold hardy variety released from University of Wisconsin. Plants will grow to 3 feet tall at maturity. The fruits are small but they pack a bunch of flavor we all like to savor. This plant will grow in most soil types. Grown successfully in zones 4-7.

Ornablue – A perfectly shaped globular plant growing 3 feet high and wide. The glossy green foliage is thick and leathery resisting dry conditions. Fall color is outstanding florescent oranges and reds. Fruits are small fleshy and mostly sweet. Flowers fill every tiny branchlet inside and outside the bush. Grown successfully in zones 5-8.

Polaris – The fruits are medium in size and a beautiful powdery blue. The quality of the fruit is outstanding and is good for fresh markets. The flavor is excellent being sweet with a slight hint of acidity. Grown successfully in zones 3-8.

LATE SEASON

St Cloud – Medium size fruits cover this plant from top to bottom. The plant is upright in shape and grows to 3 feet tall at maturity. Flavor of this fruit is mildly sweet and low acidity. This cold hardy plant produces consistent crops every year. Grown successfully in zones 3-8.

LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY | index

Low Bush – Vaccinium angustifolium is the species, and this (stoloniferous) plant varies in growth, from 8-24" in height and spreading many feet in time. The plant is used as a fruiting ground cover in landscaping. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.

Click for larger viewTop Hat – A beautiful 24-inch in stature, fruit producing blueberry plant. Its curving branches make it an outstanding landscape or pot plant. Fruits are medium size and are delicious. The plant makes a desirable addition to any landscape. Grown successfully in zones 5-8.

Bilberry - Vaccinium myrtillus is the species; this native of Europe grows to 18-24 inches in height and is stoloniferous spreading many feet wide. Fruits and leaves are used as an herb. Squarish stems and deep green oval leaves changing to yellow in the autumn make a nice looking ornamental. Grown successfully in zones 5-8.

Michigan Low Bush – Vaccinium pensylvanicum is the species. It is mainly used as an edible groundcover. The plants are stoloniferous and grow to a height of 20 to 24 inches tall. Grown successfully in zones 4-8.



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