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Chippewa Highbush Blueberry
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A compact cutie! Chippewa Half-High Blueberry is a charming, smaller-growing version of our beloved native Blueberry Bush. This useful selection fits easily into planter boxes, raised beds, and modest-sized landscapes, but it is big enough to give you generous crops of plump, pale blue fruits each summer. Chippewa is loved for its sweet flavor and is tops for eating out of hand, as well as for baking into pies, muffins, and cobblers (that is, if any make it into the kitchen!). Flaming crimson-red fall foliage with hints of gold will make Chippewa a feast for the eyes, too!
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Chippewa Blueberry is a hybrid Blueberry, a cross between two American natives. One parent is the Highbush Blueberry, a larger-growing species found throughout the eastern states where acidic soils occur. This is the species most commonly represented on Blueberry farms and in home gardens. The other parent, the Lowbush Blueberry, is a smaller plant that grows in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and Canada. Its northern range gives Chippewa its superior cold-hardiness (to -40ºF!). The plant was developed at the University of Minnesota and was named after a local Native American tribe (which now calls itself the Ojibwe). It was introduced in 1996.
Take the time to appreciate Chippewa Half-High Blueberry’s exquisite flowers in the spring. The dainty white blossoms, shaped like tiny, upside-down urns, make a pleasing show. Honey bees and bumblebees love the blooms, and they get right to work pollinating them.
How to Grow
Acid soil is key to growing Blueberries successfully. These peat-loving Accents require very low–pH conditions in order to thrive. If your soil isn’t naturally acidic, you may want to grow Chippewa Half-High Blueberry in a large container or raised bed. Give it all-day sun if possible and use lots of organic matter—both as a soil amendment and as mulch. Water weekly if no rain falls. Chippewa Blueberry is best grown near another variety of Half-High or Highbush Blueberry for cross-pollination, which will ensure lots of big, juicy berries.
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