SCIENTIFIC NAME: Vaccinium ashei 'Premier'
COMMON NAME: Rabbiteye Blueberry
GARDEN SIZE: 6 ft. x 5-6 ft.
USDA ZONE: 7a to 9a
CHILL HOURS: 450-500
EXPOSURE: Full Sun
WATER & SOIL: Acidic, well-drained, average moisture
HABIT (FORM): Open, spreading shrub
FOLIAGE: Deciduous; Blue green leaves that turn orange-red in the fall
BLOOM TIME: Spring
POLLINATION: Cross pollinate with Austin, Brightwell, Climax, Pink Lemonade, Powder Blue, and Tifblue.
FRUIT: Develops in the summer; Ripens Early to Mid-Season
CARE: Use an acidic fertilizer such as Holly-tone, in early spring before the leaves emerge. Be careful not to add too much and do not let the fertilizer build up around the stems at the base. If you do not have acidic soil, you can also add soil acidifier to help lower the pH around the root zone.