Woodard Blueberry Bush (Vaccinium ashei ‘Woodard’)

Woodard Blueberry Bush

Perfect for Southern gardens, the Woodard Blueberry Bush (Vaccinium ashei ‘Woodard’) is a medium-sized shrub that produces large, sweet, fabulous fruit! Woodard Blueberry is a Rabbiteye type Blueberry Bush, which ensures your shrub will provide you with sweeter berries that freeze well! Woodard is also one of the shortest of the Rabbiteyes, so you’ll have a much easier time harvesting your berries.

With berries as delicious as this sweet variety, you won’t want to miss a single one! It has an upright nature, rounded form and fiery fall color. It’s a far tougher shrub than many other varieties and low maintenance as well, so won’t require a lot of time and effort from you.

The delicate, bell-shaped blossoms that precede the berries are white and pink and fragrant little darlings. This spring display is such a welcome sight after the long winter’s rest, to both you and your bees! The berries ripen in late-spring to mid-summer and are large with a lovely, light blue shade.

Planting and Application:

Woodard Blueberry also has many ornamental features. Plant a few along your garage or outbuilding for a lovely and productive shrub border. Woodard will do well in containers, but likewise as hedges for privacy and in berry orchards alike. Cementing your food sustainability while providing dual-purpose beauty and edible landscaping versatility!

You will however want to plant more than one variety for cross-pollination which will give you optimal yields. So plant groupings or hedgerows of mixed Rabbiteye bushes for an extended harvest and a wide variety of juicy flavors! Birds love these shrubs for habitat, nesting and of course, the fruit! You may want to plant extras just so you have enough to share!

  • Rabbiteye
  • Early Season
  • Very High-Quality Superfruit
  • Splendid Light-Blue Fruit
  • Great in Containers

Tips for Care:

Blueberry Bushes do best in full sun and well-drained soil on the acidic side. In the lower chill or dryer climates of the South, Woodard is adaptive and even tolerates a wider range of soil types and is tolerant of higher pH conditions (up to 6).

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Acidic Soil & Mulch
  • Average Moisture & Regular Fertility
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Only Requires 300 Chill Hours

With its array of exceptional qualities, it’s easy to see why gardeners are on the hunt for this special variety.

Woodard Blueberry Bush (Vaccinium ashei ‘Woodard’) Details

Common name Woodard Blueberry Bush
Botanical name Vaccinium ashei 'Woodard'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Early Season
Height 5 - 6 ft.
Width 5 - 6 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Average
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color Pink & White
Leaf color Green