Vaccinium corymbosum 'Darrow'
Darrow Blueberry fruit
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Northern Highbush Blueberry
Group/Class: Highbush Blueberry
A variety developed for colder climates, this variety produces clusters of pinkish white flowers followed by large fruit; bushy and compact with a lovely red fall color; blueberries need highly acidic soil, perfect drainage and mulch; plant with peat moss
Darrow Blueberry is a medium-sized shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces large clusters of blue round berries which are usually ready for picking from mid to late summer. The berries have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.
The berries are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Features & Attributes
Darrow Blueberry features dainty clusters of white bell-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones hanging below the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. It has green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent blue berries from mid to late summer. The smooth tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Darrow Blueberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
Planting & Growing
Darrow Blueberry will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.
This shrub is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.