Patriot Highbush Blueberry Leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Patriot Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Patriot'
A piece of our natural heritage—tasty, too!
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An All-American selection of the All-American Blueberry! Patriot Highbush Blueberry is the obvious choice for your Star-Spangled Fourth of July picnic cake—just add the whipped cream and strawberries. A consistently heavy producer, this stellar Accent will provide you with loads of tangy-sweet berries to use in all sorts of recipes. Each summer, you’ll look forward to enjoying them in muffins, cobblers, pies, and tarts. Not a baker? Simply eat them right off the bush, or throw a handful into a healthful smoothie. Start your own personal produce patch today!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

So many of the plants we grow for food come from distant places. The Highbush Blueberry is a homegrown American native. It grows in the wild from Maine all the way to Florida, ranging westward to Minnesota and Louisiana. Over the years, plant breeders have worked to improve the size, flavor, and quantity of its berries. Patriot was bred by researchers at the University of Maine who wanted to develop Blueberry plants for cold climates. It was a big success—Patriot is hardy to -40ºF! Its name stems from the fact that it was introduced in 1976, the Bicentennial of our country. USA! USA!

The Details

Take the time to appreciate Patriot Highbush Blueberry’s exquisite flowers in the spring. The dainty pink-tinged white blossoms, shaped like tiny, upside-down urns, make a pleasing show.You’ll also enjoy the glowing red-orange color that Patriot’s foliage takes on in the fall. A delightful Accent with or without fruit!

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 Patriot 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. PatriotBlueberry is self-pollinating, but you’ll get bigger fruits and more of them if you plant another variety of Highbush Blueberry nearby so they can pollinate each other.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 4-6'
Avg Mature Width 4-6'
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Leaf Color Red and Purple
Flower Color White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Time Late June
Foliage Color Green
Bloom Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Patriot Highbush Blueberry Leaf