Top Hat Lowbush Blueberry

Top Hat Lowbush Blueberry

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Species: Vaccinium angustifolium

History: Top Hat lowbush blueberry was released by the Michigan State University Agricultural Experiment Station some time before the mid to late 1970s.

Why We Grow It: This variety produces small berries with a rich sweet-tart flavour. It is a popular pick for bonsai and container gardening. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Prefers sandy, well-drained, acidic soil. We plant ours in a mix of one part peat moss and 1 part wood chips (we prefer pine). Consider checking your soil type and pH before planting and adding peat moss or other acidifiers if needed. 

Growth Habits: Forms a low shrub ~50cm tall, low vigour

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily) preferred but will tolerate partial shade

Pollination: Requires another lowbush blueberry of a different cultivar to produce fruit, the more cultivars present the better the pollination

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Late July

Storage: Keeps less than two weeks when stored in the fridge

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, freezing, baking, preserving, wine

Height Above Soil Line: 20-30cm 

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