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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' (Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue'

Other names

Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue', Vaccinium corymbosum 'FLX-2'

Genus

Vaccinium Vaccinium

Variety or Cultivar

'Bountiful Blue' _ 'Bountiful Blue' is a compact, mound-forming, deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with oval, dark blue-green leaves turning scarlet in autumn, and, early spring, pendent racemes of bell-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers followed by edible, light blue fruit ready for harvest in early to midsummer.


Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' is: Deciduous

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming, Compact

Flower

White, Flushed pink in Spring

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Scarlet in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Foot and root rot Foot and root rot

General care

Pruning

Tends to have a weak structure so benefits from regular pruning.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' (Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, acid soil in full sun or partial shade. Needs a sheltered position. Partially self-fertile so best fruit set is achieved when three different cultivars are planted together. Will be semi-evergreen in mild climates.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue'

Other names

Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue', Vaccinium corymbosum 'FLX-2'

Genus

Vaccinium Vaccinium

Variety or Cultivar

'Bountiful Blue' _ 'Bountiful Blue' is a compact, mound-forming, deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with oval, dark blue-green leaves turning scarlet in autumn, and, early spring, pendent racemes of bell-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers followed by edible, light blue fruit ready for harvest in early to midsummer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming, Compact


Colour

Flower

White, Flushed pink in Spring

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Scarlet in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Foot and root rot

General care

Pruning

Tends to have a weak structure so benefits from regular pruning.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' (Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, acid soil in full sun or partial shade. Needs a sheltered position. Partially self-fertile so best fruit set is achieved when three different cultivars are planted together. Will be semi-evergreen in mild climates.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' (Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue')

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa (all other strains and subspecies)

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range and many sub-species and strains; including those that could thrive in cooler climates; showing different levels of pathogenicity. Although EU regulated; there is some concern about the risk of introduction. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' (Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue')

Common pest name

leaf rust of blueberry

Scientific pest name

Thekopsora minima

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Rust fungus affecting blueberry and hemlock. This fungus has been detected in Europe (Germany; Netherlands and Portugal). Some uncertainty about the suitability of UK native host species. But the case for regulation should be considered based on the EPPO PRA.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bountiful Blue' (Highbush blueberry 'Bountiful Blue')

Common pest name

A dagger nematode

Scientific pest name

Xiphinema rivesi

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous nematode pest which is also a virus vector. Present in a number of European countries; but not detected in the UK; although may have been present in soil attached to plants imported to the UK. No evidence of significant damage seen elsewhere in Europe.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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