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All of these varieties are cold hardy down to zone 3. As with any blueberry, alkalinity is the bane of their existence. However, these varieties, especially Chippewa, are known to be more adaptable to less than ideal conditions. Of them, Nelson is the least adaptable. Regardless, unless you live in blueberry country, soil should be amended to be comprised mostly of peat moss and shredded mulch. Otherwise, placing them in a container where acidity can be more easily controlled will often provide the gardener with the greatest yields of fruit.

Northland is the most cold-hardy Highbush variety. It is easy to grow and adaptable to many different soil types. This very productive variety has very high yields when mature. The berries are excellent for jams and baking because of their high sugar content. The bright yellow wood and compact shape makes Northland a good candidate for landscaping,

Nelson is a late, mid-season blueberry bush that yields sweet, very large berries that are firm and juicy. It has a spreading growth structure up to 6 feet in height. The abundance of berries is its most striking feature--commonly producing up to 13 pounds of berries when mature.

Chippewa is a half-high variety developed in Minnesota. Berries are sky blue and the largest of all Half-High varieties. Chippewa is excellent as a patio plant due to its compact form that requires little pruning to maintain its shape.


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