Be bold. Be brilliant. Plant an Elliott Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and you'll be thankful you did. This North American native blueberry plant produces large and delicious berries that will bring a smile to your face. These plentiful berries are perfect for pies, jams, and syrups.
This northern highbush will produce late in the season from July to the first frost. Gardeners appreciate the plentiful harvest this plant produces. A healthy and established Elliott Blueberry can yield up to twenty-five pounds of fresh, firm blueberries. And this plant's berries have the remarkable characteristic of being tart and lip-puckering at the beginning of the season but becoming sweet as they ripen in the fall.
Its berries are not the only sweet thing about this charming bush. It blooms with elegant clusters of bell-shaped flowers. These pretty little pinkish-white blooms last through spring and announce the coming of berry time!
What does the Elliott Blueberry offer gardeners in fall? Well, this delightful plant transforms with glowing yellow, red, and orange foliage in autumn.
The Elliott Blueberry grows best in well-drained acidic soil in full sun. A few other tricks to keep your Elliott Blueberry happy include adding mulch around its base in winter and pruning it back in later winter after its third year. To increase the size and quality of your blueberries, plant another Elliott Blueberry nearby to allow cross-pollination.
Plant one of these nearby your front door, or plant a few as a rough hedge. The ornamental quality of this lovely plant makes it quite versatile. It'll be hard to resist picking these berries each time you walk past. Luckily, you don't have to. These berries are delicious fresh or cooked, and there will be plenty to try them both ways!
So, preheat your oven and roll out the crust because the Elliott Blueberry is sure to inspire some scrumptious baked goods.
|Botanical Name||Vaccinium corymbosum|
|Mature Height||4 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Bloom Period||Early Spring|
|Growing Zone Range||7-9|