It features an abundance of magnificent blue berries in early summer. It features dainty clusters of pink bell-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones hanging below the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. The smooth tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities.
The round sweet berries are most often used in the following ways: Sunshine Blue Blueberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Sunshine Blue Blueberry is recommended for the following landscape applications; Sunshine Blue Blueberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water.
It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. This large blueberry farm, located west of Pryor near Lake Hudson, provides healthy, naturally grown blueberries available pre-picked or U-pick! I got to sit down a couple weeks ago with Mike Auxier, who owns Outback Farm with his wife, Lee. Mike was born in Pryor, and after several years away from the area, he and Lee moved back and founded Outback Farm in 2010. Mike said he chose to grow blueberries because of the longevity of the plant – blueberries can live more than 40 years! The Auxiers also grow asparagus, blackberries and seasonal produce, and this summer Mike plans to debut a blueberry wine made with Outback Farm blueberries. Like many small farms in Oklahoma, Outback Farm is not certified organic, but Mike said they use natural, organic farming practices to ensure they provide a healthy product for customers. Two organic pest-control measures they use are rosebushes and hummingbirds. I had always wondered why I saw rosebushes at the end of blueberry rows. Turns out they help keep the bugs away from the berries! Farmers around the state use similar pest-management practices. The rosebushes are planted to attract Japanese beetles. The beetles, which are harmful to blueberries, go to the rosebushes before the blueberry bushes, making it easier to control the population. Outback Farm also has honeysuckle planted to attract hummingbirds. The hummingbirds help control spotted wing drosophila, another bug harmful to blueberries. Outback Farm has seven main varieties – Duke, Legacy, Bluecrop, Bluejay, Bluegold, Chandler (which are as big as a quarter!) and Elliot – in addition to several experimental varieties. Berry season will end before you know it, so make plans now for a U-pick adventure on the Jelly-Making Trails. Click here for more information on Outback Farm, and click here to find other berry patches near you! Abby is an agritourism coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. She believes an Oklahoma adventure is the best kind of adventure, and she is excited to share the stories of Oklahoma agriculture with agritourists across the state.
Not quite the same Cherry Pie your grandma used to make - although just as delicious.
Beautiful bursts of color; forest green with hues of maroon compacted into shiny resinous buds.