This highbush blueberry cultivar is an upright, deciduous shrub which typically grows 5-8′ tall (less frequently taller), but is arguably more manageable as a fruit crop when pruned to 6′ or less. Dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers appear in May. Flowers are followed by light blue blueberries (to 1/2″ diameter) which ripen in mid-season (mid to late July in USDA Zone 5). Ovate, dark green leaves (to 3.5″ long) turn attractive shades of red in fall. Reddish stems can be attractive in winter. ‘Bluecrop’ grows well in Missouri.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Perennial – Fruit
Blueberries are ready to pick 2-4 months after flowering, from July to September. Hold a container in one hand and use your other hand to gently loosen berries from the cluster so they drop into the container. Ripening berries turn from green to pinkish-red to blue, but not all blue ones are fully ripe.
Blueberries are extremely perishable. Store them unwashed in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy them fresh out of hand, on cereals and in fruit salads, or cooked in baked goods, jams, and preserves. Rinse and dry berries and freeze them in single layers for long-term storage.