growing blueberries in oklahoma

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Sunshine Blue Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Sunshine Blue’

Sunshine Blue Blueberry flowers

Sunshine Blue Blueberry flowers

Hardiness Zone: 4a

Group/Class: Highbush Blueberry

A dwarf variety with sweetly-flavored light blue fruit in summer and pretty bell-shaped flowers, bushy and compact with a lovely red fall color; blueberries need highly acidic soil, perfect drainage and mulch, plant with peat moss

Sunshine Blue Blueberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent blue berries in early summer. It features dainty clusters of pink bell-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones hanging below the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. The smooth tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it’s also valued for its edible qualities. The round sweet berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves

Sunshine Blue Blueberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sunshine Blue Blueberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Sunshine Blue Blueberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Find Sunshine Blue Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Sunshine Blue’) in Oklahoma City Edmond Norman Moore Oklahoma OK at TLC Garden Centers

What fruits/berries work in Oklahoma?

I haven’t tried anything lately. In Oklahoma City I had apple trees. They started bearing after we moved away in 1978. I went by not too long ago and they had been cut down; probably full of bugs. But the soil was good there.

Here, the soil is terrible. I’m working on it a little at a time. I have a small, sort of sandy area on a slope where I thought I’d try blueberries or thornless blackberries, just a few. The wild blackberries do great around here. They don’t bear very heavily but they survive with no care.

Any words of wisdom?

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Blueberries will need CONSTANT watering, whereas blackberries will hang in there through even some of the worst dry weather. You may lose a crop but generally not the plants. Plus, blueberries are more expensive to plant because you’ll have to amend the soil with lots of peat moss to get a good crop and you’ll have the extra work of keeping the soil acidic. Blackberries you can just stick in the ground. And its pretty easy to propagate them from root cuttings and tippings.
As for blackberries, we had two thornless, (I think Arapaho and Navaho) and Shawnee thorned. The Shawnee produced the bananas out of the other two. Plus, it’s illegal to propagate the thornless and you can do anything you want with the thorny. Unless you have little kids, I think the being careful when you pick is an easy tradeoff for the better production. Plus, we had the problem of the thornless coming in BEFORE the wild blackberries, so the deer would literally mow them down. The Shawnee come in about the same time as the wild, and I guess they are getting enough wild ones they don’t bother.
Whichever one you chose, gotta get them far enough from the wild ones or they will cross pollinate.

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Gayle, I found this PDF file from the Oklahoma Extension Service on growing various fruits, nuts, etc., in Oklahoma. Here is a link to it for you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Home Fruit Planting Guide

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I haven't tried anything lately. In Oklahoma City I had apple trees. They started bearing after we moved away in 1978. I went by not too long ago and they had been cut down; probably full of bugs. But the soil was good there. Here, the soil is terrible. I'm working on it a little at a time. I have a…