Vaccinium corymbosum 'Elizabeth'
Vaccinium corymbosum is an upright, deciduous shrub native to eastern North America where it typically grows in moist woods, bogs, swamps and low areas. Blueberries grow best in acidic, medium to wet, well-drained organically rich soils in full sun to part shade. Fibrous roots need constant moisture and good drainage. Plants appreciate a good organic mulch. Although self-fertile, it is best to plant more than one variety, as cross-pollination produces larger berries and larger yields. Grown not just for fruit production, it is effective as a low hedge, in shrub borders or as part of less formal shrub plantings. Lovely cinnamon scented bell-shaped white and pink-tinged flowers followed by large, light blue fruit, giving way to vibrant orange and yellow fall foliage. Excellent for native plant gardens or open woodlands, also makes a great companion to rhododendrons and azaleas which share similar acidic soil requirements. ‘Elizabeth’ was named after the famous Elizabeth White, originator of the cultivated blueberry. While on a search for the best tasting blueberry, she crossed two of the best-flavored cultivars creating the ‘Elizabeth’ Blueberry. A single bush can produce up to 15 pounds of nickel-sized berries. Elizabeth is said to be the best tasting mid-late season of all blueberries and huckleberries. Miss White was famous for choosing varieties for their authentic blueberry flavor. With that in mind, this plant was given the name ‘Elizabeth’ in her honor.