We have Elizabeth White and Dr. Frederick Colville to thank for producing the first cultivated crop of blueberries, which were grown in New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century. Since then, dozens of varieties of cultivated highbush blueberries have come to flourish across in the U.S., Canada, South America and beyond.
Depending on the climate and ripening season, certain highbush blueberry varieties will grow better than others. Some tend to grow best in southern climates (like the West Coast, the Southeast, and the Southern Hemisphere), and some fare better in northern environments (Northern U.S. and Canada). While all of them are classified as “highbush blueberries,” each variety is unique in its season, size, shape, color and taste. If you are thinking of growing your own blueberries, talk to your local nursery to find out which variety grows best in your region.
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