Botanical Name: Vaccinium ashei ‘Climax’
Common Name: Climax Blueberry, Rabbiteye
Description: Climax blueberries are a medium-sized, dark blue berry which ripen in late spring and early summer. Bloom time is late February to early March. These rabbiteye berries are perfect for eating fresh, cooking, baking, drying, or freezing. They can be used in juices, jams, and jellies. The plant has an upright form and tolerates the heat and humidity of the southeast. It grows 3-15 feet tall and 3-10 feet wide and should be planted in full sun with sandy to loamy soil. Climax blueberries require 450 chill hours. Deciduous.
This plant in 1-gallon containers is 1-3′ tall and wide.
Pollinator Needed: Tifblue, Austin
Interesting Tidbit: The best blueberry for Texas is the Rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei). It is grown commercially in East Texas, the humid woodlands being typical of native rabbiteye blueberry habitat. One rabbiteye blueberry plant can produce up to 15 pounds of berries per year and is an excellent choice for organic or EarthKind® orchards.
Hardiness Zones 7 – 9
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