Rubel Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
Rubel blueberry botanical name is vaccinium corybosum. It belongs to the family of ericacea and one can easily confuse it with the blue crop blue berry.
The tree grows 4-6 feet tall and spread to 4 feet. Planting of this tree does not require much but the soils should have a pH of 4.5 – 5.5 which should be tested first. In cases where the soil’s fertility is not well balanced, one is advised to use fertilizers to balance. Meanwhile the soil must be acidic, moist and organic. The tree requires full sun in order to grow well.
During the winter season the bushes are normally dormant and this is the perfect time to do the pruning. Again, in winter the flower buds are easily visible and it is possible to adjust the plant at this stage so that the crop load can be achieved.
The fruits mature at the fifth year around August and can produce around 15lb berries in a season. These berries are used for various purposes which include, making pies, muffins and pancakes. They can even be eaten when fresh. They are very delicious with a tart flavor and hard to find in grocery stores. No black berry that has a high antioxidant level like this one.
Just like any other blueberry plants, rubel bluekberry is self pollinating. However when cross pollinated it performs well and produces large berries. It is also important to plant a variety of blue berries that bloom at the same time for a better yield. Heavy harvest is noted from this blueberry tree.
Since the tree has white spring flowers, red twigs and red autumn leaves it is used as an ornamental shrub. You will find most home owners and companies planting this tree purposely for landscaping. The tree is drought resistant so it is suitable for all seasons.