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Rabbiteye Blueberry - Vaccinium Virgatum

The rabbit-eye blueberry is a familiar sight to anyone who has lived in or passed through the Southeastern United States; their whorled leaves and beautifully colored berries make them incredibly difficult to miss -- not to mention they're a rather large shrub at 3-6 feet tall. Fascinatingly enough, however, if left on its own to grow the rabbit-eye blueberry can reach heights of up to 20 feet -- unusual! This plant is, perhaps surprisingly, remarkably adept at handling colder climates. Is usually estimated that the rabbit-eye blueberry is capable of surviving in conditions where the temperature hovers around just ten degrees Fahrenheit. However, despite their ability to withstand the cold the rabbit-eye blueberry does have a unique issue: only a specific variety of bee can fertilize the plant adequately. This bee is commonly known as the southeastern blueberry bee, and they can pollinate through a process known as "buzz pollination" which is what the rabbit-eye blueberry requires to grow. Another positive of the rabbit-eye blueberry is its versatility, as it has both practical uses and can be grown just for beautifying purposes (its leaves turn magnificent shades of red, orange, and yellow during the fall months). Of course, many folks enjoy using the ripened berries in a variety of different recipes as they are an incredible addition to many kinds of food.
Additionally, the berries are a good enough balance of sweetness and tartness to eat by itself. Finally, for those who are worried about the longevity of their plants the rabbit-eye blueberry is an excellent choice because there are very few diseases that can ultimately kill the plant and they tend to produce berries for many years to come. Indeed, the rabbit-eye blueberry is one of the few plants that can aptly balance: taste, beauty, and usefulness and is a must-have for anyone looking to spruce up their garden.

Rabbiteye Blueberries are beautiful blueberry bushes that are very attractive and a treat to eat. These bushes are compact, so not that much space is needed, like fruit trees. They also come in various shades. They have shades of red and orange in the fall which make for great ornamental features. However, they are ripe and ready eat in the winter when most or all of the leaves have dropped. During the spring, they bud into small white flowers with an urn shape and clustering prettily along the branches. During this time, pollen and nectar are provided for bees and other insects. Afterward, the color changes to green when it's not ripe, then pink, and lastly, blue when it's at its ripest in the winter.

Other Attributes

Other attributes of these fantastic plants are as follows:

Hardy Planting Zone- it's located in Southeastern US especially in Louisiana.

Mature Height- it can go up to 15 feet.

Soil Requirements- this plant I well adapted to the climate and the soil of Louisiana. Thus, they are prone to land that is acid and grows best with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. Also for cross-pollination, more than one rabbiteye blueberries' cultivar is needed.

Growing Speed- they proliferate where they can bud in the spring with white flowers and changes colors until they are fully ripe in the winter.

Uses in Landscaping- as mentioned before, these rabbiteye bushes are beautiful, and when they are a red or orange shade, they are ornamental. They also can compact so they can be grown in containers and home landscapes. They don't take much space; they are low maintenance in that they don't require much spraying for disease and insect control.