A new category of blueberries, Southern Highbush, has been developed for southern production. These varieties combine the late blooming date and shorter ripening period of the northern highbush and the low chill hours and adaptability to the southern environment of the rabbiteye.
This combination results in a blueberry plant that blooms late to escape the possibility of frost damage to the flowers but matures its fruit by mid-May, at least two weeks earlier than rabbiteye. Southern highbush varieties include the following:
- Pearl River
- Santa Fe,
- Star, and
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- Himelrick, David G. Home Blueberry Production in Louisiana. LSU AgCenter. 1978. Retrieved 03 March 2010.
Elina Coneva, Auburn University