Rabbiteye Blueberries for Late Season Color
Blueberry (Vacciunium spp.) shrubs provide some of the best late season color in our garden. Their fiery foliage gets better as the weather cools. During November, the leaves slowly transform from green to yellow reaching their peak color of orange and red during December.
Rabbiteye species are native to Georgia and grow well across the state. Choose at least two varieties that bloom at the same time to provide cross-pollination, which ensures better fruit set and larger berries. If you want a broader harvest season plant several varieties with early to mid to late season ripening times.
Early Season: Austin, Alapaha, Climax, Premier, Vernon, Titan
Mid-Season: Brightwell, Powderblue, Tifblue
Late Season: Baldwin, Centurion, Ochlockonee
Note on other types of blueberries grown in Georgia
Southern highbush are typically grown [commercially] in south Georgia. They are more difficult to grow and are more prone to be eaten by deer making them a less desirable choice for the home garden. This species ripens early in the season and is attractive to birds and other wildlife.
Northern highbush is a good option for the mountains of North Georgia. This species generally blooms later in the spring making it a better choice for areas that are prone to late spring freezes. This species does need higher chill hours than rabbiteye so it isn't recommended for the Piedmont region.