Wild Lowbush Blueberries: High Chill

Wild Lowbush

Vaccinium angustifolium sp.

Zones 3–7 / 1,000-1,200 Chill Hrs.

Wild Lowbush blueberries are a native fruit crop to Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the state of Maine. They are short in stature and unlike their Highbush cousins, may spread with underground stems. A mature planting can form a dense ground cover. Profuse white blooms yield small sized light blue fruit with the distinctive “wild” blueberry flavor. Annual pruning is not necessary but they respond well if two-thirds of the growth is sheared back every second or third year in late winter. Great candidates for landscape borders, these plants will attract wildlife, and your friends and family alike. Fall Creek has selected three cultivars that exemplify the best qualities of this interesting species.


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.

 


Denotes varieties licensed to Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. Please refer to our Variety Charts for license details.

  Fruit Bush Habit Outstanding Characteristic
Variety Zone Season Size Flavor Mature Size & Shape Fall Color
Wild Lowbush
Brunswick
Zone 3-6 Wild 1.5 − 2 Ft, Ground Cover
V. angustifolium ‘Brunswick’. Originally from Nova Scotia, we noticed Brunswick growing vigorously right here in Oregon, in a Willamette Valley trial plot. Brunswick forms a dense ground cover 1 1/2' — 2' high. The green glossy leaves are a perfect backdrop to the sky blue, pea sized fruit. Brunswick scores high style points with amazing red fall colors.
Wild Lowbush
Burgundy
Zone 3-6 Classic, Wild 1 − 2 Ft, Spreading Ground Cover
V. angustifolium ‘Burgundy’. A standout selection from Maine, Burgundy has small but distinctive foliage: bronzy colored new growth in spring, delicate gray-green leaves in summer, and deep burgundy fall colors. The berries are the size of small peas, light blue, and are presented for easy picking around the outside of each compact plant. Growth takes place as underground stems spread. Mature size is about 3' wide by 1' — 2' tall.
Wild Lowbush
Top Hat
Zone 3-7 Wild 1 − 2 Ft, Globe
V. corymbosum x V. angustifolium. Top Hat is a perfect name for this dwarf cultivar as it grows 1' – 2' high and wide. Top Hat is the result of crossing a short stature Highbush with a compact, small Lowbush Blueberry. Plentiful white blooms in spring give way to attractive light blueberries that are pea sized and larger. Top Hat is perfect for defined border plantings or growing in patio containers. It also makes an excellent candidate for a bonsai project.