HIGH, LOW, AND IN BETWEEN
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.
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’
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’
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.