At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Ericaceae
Latin Name: Vaccinium corymbosum
Foliage: Blue-green
Fall Foliage: Red
Bloom: White or pink
Bloom Time: May
Shape: Round to spreading
Bark: Gray and shredded
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 8
Size: 12 to 6 feet
Spread: 12 to 8 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

The High Bush Blueberry is scientifically classified as Vaccinium Corymbosum, this member of the Ericaceae family has become a popular garden choice throughout its native habitat (northern United States and southern Canada). With a 5-8 hardiness rating, the deciduous High Bush Blueberry can be found from Ontario to Florida, and as far west as eastern Texas; it’s been since naturalized in other regions throughout the world such as New Zealand, Europe, and Japan. The High Bush Blueberry prefers medium to wet, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. While its rounded spreading crown reaches 6-12 ft. in height, the shrub’s width can extend to 8-12 ft.

The High Bush Blueberry’s glossy leaves are tinted a lovely blue-green color that blushes in shades of deep red, bronze, and purple during the autumn. Its flowers are urn-shaped, colored white or delicate pink, and blossom in May. The shrub’s fruits emerge as those familiar small and aromatic blue-black berries, the most common commercially-grown blueberry to be found today in North America. Given its festive colors and delicious fruit, its tolerance for both warm and cool environments, and its manageable size, it’s easy to understand why the High Bush Blueberry is held in such high esteem.

Native Americans used to call blueberries the “star berries” due to the shrub’s five-pointed star-shaped blossoms; they also believed that the Great Spirit had created the berries and provided them so as to feed the Native American children during times of famine. Largely ignored by Americans for centuries, the High Bush Blueberry’s fruit is finally receiving its due as one of the most celebrated and healthiest foods available, being rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and other vital nutrients. Little wonder, then, that the High Bush Blueberry—vigorous, hardy, and fruitful—is currently ranked among the most widely planted blueberry plants in the world.

“Have blueberries whenever you are low—destiny will change and you will be high!” –Adam Voichester

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