HIGH, LOW, AND IN BE­TWEEN

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Choose the right blue­berry for your gar­den based on your cli­mate and avail­able space. Va­ri­eties that are hardy in colder north­ern cli­mates re­quire longer, colder win­ters than va­ri­eties bred for the warmer south­ern ones. Tra­di­tional blue­ber­ries need a sec­ond blue­berry va­ri­ety with the same bloom time to de­velop fruit. New self-pol­li­nat­ing, or self-fruit­ing, va­ri­eties such as 'Sweet­heart' or the com­pact Bushel and Berry se­ries do not need an­other shrub to pro­duce fruit.

LOWBUSH

A hardy ground­cover plant that grows well in more north­ern cli­mates and bears small, de­li­cious fruits. Zones 3–6. Height: 6–24 inches. Va­ri­eties to try: ‘Top Hat’ or ‘Ruby Car­pet’

HALF-HIGH

A cross be­tween north­ern high­bush and lowbush to fit smaller spa­ces or con­tain­ers. Zones 3–7. Height: 2–4 feet. Va­ri­eties to try: ‘Blue­gold’, ‘Pa­triot’, or ‘Po­laris’

NORTH­ERN HIGH­BUSH Best for the North­east, Mid­west, North­west, High Plains, and Moun­tain West. Zones 4–7. Height: 5–9 feet. Va­ri­eties to try: ‘Blue­crop’, ‘Ear­li­blue’, or ‘Jersey’

RABBITEYE

South­ern and North­west­ern gar­den­ers can also grow rabbiteye blue­ber­ries, which are more com­pact shrubs than south­ern high­bush types. The fruits also tend to be smaller and ap­pear later in the sea­son. Zones 7–9. Height: 8–10 feet. Va­ri­eties to try: ‘Brightwell’, ‘Pow­derblue’, ‘Premier’, or ‘Tif­blue’

SOUTH­ERN HIGH­BUSH Best for the South and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. They’re bred to han­dle warmer tem­per­a­tures and do not need cold win­ters to pro­duce. Zones 7–10. Height: 6–8 feet. Va­ri­eties to try: ‘O’neal’, ‘Ozark­blue’, or ‘Legacy’. ‘Sun­shine Blue’ reaches only 3 feet tall.

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