Good Producer, Easy to Harvest
Northern Highbush, Mid-Season
The Bluejay Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluejay') was one of the early introductions from Michigan State University's prestigious Blueberry breeding program in 1978.
Bluejay is noted for its winter hardiness and productive high yields. With a later bloom, it skirts the late freezes and ripens early to beat the hot and humid summers. The fruit is highly resistant to premature drop and cracking.
Bluejay Blueberry is known to hang on the plant for some time after being ripe. Experienced home gardeners know what a benefit that characteristic is. You still have to beat the birds to the harvest, but Bluejay is just a bit more convenient than other varieties.
The upright stately plant with its heavy fruit set makes quite an impression when word into the yard. Bluejay's fruit hangs to the outside of the canopy with a long stem making harvesting a breeze.
This is also an ideal variety for larger commercial plantings, because it is a plant well suited to mechanical harvesting. Try a Blueberry rake for faster harvests at home.
Bluejay is a very vigorous grower and sets fruit freely when young. Though self-fruitful, they will produce a larger crop with other varieties planted nearby. Plant a row to insure maximum pollination and to extend your harvest.
It's also noted for its beautiful ornamental value. The plant's large, dark green foliage along with the small, firm, light blue berry makes a beautiful contrast in the landscape. Take advantage of the ornamental quality of this variety. Place the plant where the great fall colors from yellow-orange, to red and purple can be viewed. Plants make excellent screen or border plants.
Flowers in the spring are abundant, with small clusters of white bell-shaped bloom covering the plant. The fruit that follows is a small and mild with wonderful firm texture. Use these in jams and preserves. The firm berry makes it ideal for blueberry pie. Of course, nothing beats Blueberry's fresh off the bush!
Grows best in acidic organically rich soil with a pH of 5.5 or lower, in moist, well-drained soil. All blueberries appreciate a good organic mulch.
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- Mild, Firm Berries
- Large Harvest
- Fast Growing
- Great Fall Colors
|Botanical Name||Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluejay'|
|Mature Height||5 - 7 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 7 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Bloom Period||Late Spring|
|Growing Zone Range||5-9|
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