Vaccinium ashei 'Summer Sunset' TM
Self fertile Rabbiteye blueberry growing to around 4' tall and wide over time. It needs around 500 hours of chill to perform at its best. Heavy production of very flavorful medium blue berries ranges from June through August. This cultivar of blueberry is unusual in that the fruit clusters turn from pink to red to blue and hold these colors over a much longer time than other types adding to its already strong ornamental value in the garden. Even though it does not need a pollinator, the crop is heavier and the berries larger where other varieties are present. We recommend 'Sunshine Blue' or 'Summer Sunset' as excellent companion blueberries. Plant in full sun to partial sun. Give good drainage and average water. Do not dry out during fruiting season. Plant using peat moss or other acidic planting medium when setting out into the garden. Fall color turns a brilliant yellow and orange. USDA zones 6-9 in cold hardiness.