Half-Highs: High Chill

Vaccinium corymbosum x V. angustifolium

Zones 3–7

Half-High cultivars are crosses of Northern Highbush and Lowbush selections from the wild. Northblue, Northcountry and Northsky are generally lower growing, compact bushes that carry a snow load without damage to the branches. Polaris and Chippewa have more upright growth. Fruit yields are generally lower than Highbush varieties but berry quality is very good. All these varieties have the “wild” flavor of their parents. The Half-Highs were bred for exceptional cold hardiness but are truly outstanding ornamental landscape plants wherever they are grown. All theses varieties have bright fall colors.


Note About Outstanding Characteristics:  Our variety charts include a column titled "Outstanding Characteristics."   While each variety has multiple strong characteristics, we've added this column to simply highlight one special attribute that our team thinks stands out about each variety. Need a primer on how to easily select varieties?  Visit the Blueberries Simplified section of our website.


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  Fruit Bush Habit Outstanding Characteristic
Variety Zone Season Size Flavor Mature Size & Shape Fall Color
Half-High Blueberries
Chippewa
Zone 3-7 Smoothly Sweet 3-4 Ft, Compact, Upright
Chippewa is a variety developed in Minnesota. The bush is slightly larger than Polaris and more upright than Northblue. Berries are sky blue and the largest of all Half-High varieties. Chippewa variety is excellent for container pot or patio plant.
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Northcountry
Zone 3-7 Classic, Wild 1.5 − 2 Ft, Compact, Spreading
Northcountry grows slightly larger than Northsky, reaching 3 feet in diameter. It displays compact bush characteristics similar to Northsky, but is more vigorous and adaptable in less than optimum soil types. With its dark green summer foliage and scarlet fall color, Northcountry is one of the best varieties for patio pots in the edible landscape.
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Northblue
Zone 3-7 Juicy, Wild 3-4 Ft, Open, Upright
Northblue is a great landscape plant and proven producer of quality fruit in cold climates. The fruit has a “wild” taste that makes it excellent for baking or fresh eating. Northblue has survived winter temperatures to minus 35°F, although production is maximized when snow protection is adequate. Recommended for those desiring a higher yielding, cold-hardy variety.
Half-High Blueberries
Northsky
Zone 3-7 Fresh, Wild 1 − 1.5 Ft, Compact
Northsky is the most cold-hardy of all blueberries and can survive extreme winter conditions. Even in warmer areas, Northsky has been quite popular as a wonderful addition to the landscape, being particularly well suited for container growing, borders or group plantings. The bush grows 2-3 feet wide and begins spring completely covered in snow-white blooms. The foliage is dense, with small glossy green leaves in summer.
Half-High Blueberries
Polaris
Zone 3-7 Delicate, Sweet 3-4 Ft, Compact, Upright
Polaris, a variety developed in Minnesota, is recommended where a cold-hardy, early ripening companion to Northblue or Chippewa is desired. The berries are aromatic and very sweet. For best pollination and fruit set, plant Polaris alongside other cold hardy varieties.