Powderblue: Rabbiteye Blueberry Variety

Blueberries November 11, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF


Powderblue bluberries.


  • Chilling requirement: 550 hours to 600 hours.
  • Ripening period: Ripens late June to late July in Southern Mississippi.
  • Plant yield, vigor and growth habits: Plants are productive and have an upright, spreading growth habit.
  • Berry qualities: Berries are medium size with a very light blue color, small dry stem scars, and average firmness and flavor. Fruit are less susceptible to cracking and hangs on the bush better than Tifblue.
  • Harvesting techniques: Characteristics including appearance, quality, and season are sufficiently similar to Tifblue that Powderblue and Tifblue can be harvested together and used as pollinizers for each other. Other suggested pollinizers include Brightwell, Columbus, Ira and Oclockonee.
  • Breeding history: Released jointly by North Carolina State University and the United States Department of Agriculture-ARS in 1978; public release.

See also: Rabbiteye Blueberry Varieties


Braswell, John. Establishment and Maintenance of Blueberries. 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2010.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.