Submitted to: Germplasm Release
Publication Type: Germplasm Release
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/1/2004
Publication Date: 9/1/2004
Citation: Spiers, J.M., Stringer, S.J., Draper, A. 2004. Notice to nurserymen of the naming and release for propogation of native blue, a new evergreen ornamental blueberry cultivar. Germplasm Release. United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Washington, D.C. 20250. Interpretive Summary: No interpretive summary needed
Technical Abstract: 'Native Blue' is an evergreen ornamental blueberry that is low growing, compact and finely branched, with small glaucous leaves; traits that are quite typical of V. darowii. 'Native Blue' has beautiful foliage that changes color in different seasons. Mature leaves are darker green while newer growth exhibits a light pinkish hue that changes to a bluish green. Other desirable characteristics of 'Native Blue' are its dwarf growth habit, hardy and vigorous growth, and its capacity for a high level of fruit production that serves as an attractant to birds and other wildlife. 'Native Blue' will provide Southeastern U.S. nurserymen, landscapers, and homeowners with a novel and beautiful new ornamental shrub that will complement plantings of azaleas, camellias, crepe myrtles, etc.