Brunswick Blueberry Bush (Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Brunswick’)
Brunswick Blueberry Bush
Add these dexterous small fruiting plants to your landscape for flowers, fruit and gorgeous foliage. Join the Edible Landscaping trend with a cultivated Wild Blueberry that laughs at cold winters.
Mid-season Brunswick Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Brunswick’) produces delectably sweet, firm berries for fresh eating and much more. But beyond that, this Lowbush Blueberry is a delightfully ornamental small plant in its own right.
Get the best of both worlds with this vigorous variety. From the spring-flowering display of bell-shaped white blooms to the showy fruit display and scarlet-red fall foliage, Brunswick Blueberry will be a joy to grow.
Brunswick features a dense set of well-branched stems and plenty of glossy, blue-green foliage.
Although it only grows knee-high to a grasshopper, it makes a huge visual impact in either full sun or partial shade.
Enjoy its lush harvest of sweet, firm berries fresh or freeze them for later. Bake them into slumps, cobblers and muffins. Preserve them into artisanal jams and jellies for very welcome Holiday gifts.
Make the most of your sun with these native shrubs. You’ll get a very healthy harvest of superfruit, and a useful landscape plant.
Just wait until the nights start getting cooler. The lustrous leaves scorch into a fiery mix of red-scarlet colors to finish off the growing season with a bang.
These compact plants develop into dense plants, which can be used in several ways to beautify your property. Try them as a hard-working groundcover to suppress weeds and make the most of wide, open areas.
They can also be used at the edge of garden beds. Raise up your plantings for an easy harvest.
Create a solid low hedge by planting one to two feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
Add additional rows behind the first to fill in, as needed. Mulch with pine straw or pine mulch, and keep them weeded as they grow together and touch.
Blueberries need acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. In areas where Azaleas grow well, there is likely no need to amend your soil.
If you test your soil, and it’s alkaline, grow your Brunswick in containers. It’s a good idea to capture neutral pH rainwater to use on your plants.
Decorate your patio, porch or balcony with sweet superfruit. Use a wide pot to accommodate their shallow root system. Today’s pots likely will need additional drainage holes drilled in the bottom.
Place them close to your kitchen door for a quick trip to pick your breakfast. Boost your oatmeal up and over the top with your very own berries.
Add handfuls to smoothies with a squeeze of local honey. They are also incredible in fresh salads with goat cheese, mixed greens and fresh-cracked peppercorn to season.
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Brunswick Blueberries can be grown in either full sun or partial shade. They require at least four hours of sunlight a day.
Well-drained, acidic soil is best. Test your soil regularly to ensure a productive harvest. If needed, add handfuls of peat moss and sulphur to the root zone when planting.
It’s a good idea to start early with soil amendments, as it can take a while to reduce pH. Test often to make sure you aren’t overdoing it.
Container-grown plants can give an advantage to gardeners in alkaline soil areas. Control the pH with an acid-lover soil mix, and incorporate 25 percent peat moss or pathway bark in the medium.
During the first year, and each year during fruit development, apply a medium amount of water on a regular basis. Mulch cuts down on surface evaporation and helps keep the root system cool and moist.
Prune in early spring to remove the oldest stems. The goal is to keep the youngest stems, which are most productive.
Commercial producers mow their Lowbush Blueberries in rotation down to an inch high. At home, you can simply remove a few the oldest woodier stems on each plant every few years to ensure a bountiful harvest.
In early spring, fertilize with a slow-release formula for acid-loving plants. Follow the application rate on the bottle.
Arctic-safe Brunswick Blueberry loves it cold, but tolerates warmer climates, as well. Gardeners across the country are hunting for these modern cultivated varieties of Wild Blueberries.
|Common name||Brunswick Blueberry Bush|
|Botanical name||Vaccinium angustifolium 'Brunswick'|
|Height||12 - 15 inches|
|Width||1 - 4 ft.|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|