Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’


  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

'Sunshine Blue' blueberry is both ornamental for the home garden and it produces edible fruit! The new foliage is frosty green flushed with hues of blue and purple. Pink urn-shaped flowers in springtime mature to delicious blueberries over a long period in the summer. In colder areas some of the leaves will provide red autumn color while remaining semi-evergreen through the winter.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round shrub

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 10

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: colorful new foliage, dainty spring flowers, edible summer berries

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Plant it in a mixed border and complement its blue tones with plants bearing bronze or reddish leaves. Plants with silver foliage tend to vanish against it. Consider Sambucus nigra 'Gerda' BLACK BEAUTY, purpleleaf Sedum cultivars, any GPP Japanese barberry cultivars or Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'.

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, pink, purple, cream

Great Color Partners: blue, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Plant this ornamental blueberry in full sun to light shade. It will grow best in rich moist to well-drained soil. Make sure drainage is adequate as it will not tolerate waterlogged locations. Regular watering and fertilizing provides the best and most vigorous growth. Older twiggy and weak stems can be pruned out to encourage strong growth. Pruning is best done in winter.