O’Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry
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Vaccinium corymbosum ‘O’Neal’
The Highbush Blueberry is the most common commercially grown blueberry in North America. Predominantly grown in specialized “Northern” and “Southern” cultivars, the Highbush Blueberry can vary wildly in Hardiness Range of each cultivar. Arguably one of the best flavored, sized, and warm-environment hardy cultivars is the O’Neal Southern. Fruiting from summer into early fall, the bush is semi-evergreen, holding its foliage in mild deep-South winters. In mid-South to Midwestern environments, the shrub turns shades of scarlet. Usually the first cultivated variety to ripen, the O’Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry is considered by many to have the best flavored blueberry for cooking. Fruit has excellent firmness and will not deteriorate under high temperatures. It is recommended that harvesting be done by hand, but because of the firmness of the fruit, the bush may lend itself to mechanical harvesting. Planting instruction can be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
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Susceptible to chlorosis (yellowing of leaves) if planted in alkaline soils (high pH); infrequently affected by stem blight, root rot, anthracnose, cane cankers, mildew and botrytis; be vigilant of blueberry maggot, cherry fruit worm, and spotted wing drosophila that may attack the fruit
Flowers are white, possibly tinged pink or pinkish, urn-shaped, 1/3" long, May, just before leaves have unfolded; borne in axillary racemes in great quantities; berry is green to reddish tinged before maturing to blue-black, bloomy, rounded, 1/4 to 1/2" across; formed in abundance from July to August
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zone 5a – 9b *need help finding your hardiness zone?
Leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, 1 to 3 1/2" long, half as wide, acutish, cuneate, entire, dark green above, paler beneath, pubescent on midrib and veins; short petioled; dark green, almost dark blue-green in summer changing to yellow, bronze, orange, or red combinations in fall; excellent fall coloring shrub
4-6 feet tall at maturity with an equal or greater spread
What am I buying?
We sell O’Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry as rooted cuttings. Taken from Wikipedia, “a plant cutting is a piece of a plant that is used in horticulture for vegetative (asexual) propagation. A piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil. If the conditions are suitable, the plant piece will begin to grow as a new plant independent of the parent, a process known as striking.” Put more simply, a rooted cutting is a small clone of the specimen from which it was taken. As a genetically identical clone, the cutting shares all the characteristic traits and attributes of the cultivated variety. Our rooted cuttings are 3-6 months old and 4-8 inches in stem length above the soil line. They are clipped from our private stock plants and grown in root pruning trays at our temperature controlled greenhouse.
When are plants collected?
Once your order is placed, your plants will be collected as soon as the weather permits. This time-frame is normally within 3-7 days. During heavy order periods (April-May), this collection time can grow to 10-14 days.
How are plants shipped?
All shipments are mailed via USPS Priority Mail using Stamps.com. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will contact you by phone and/or email. The day that your order is completed or partially shipped, you will receive an email containing your package tracking number. You can also find this updated information by logging into your account on our website.