Blueberry - early fruiting

Blueberry 'Duke'

Blueberry - early fruiting - Blueberry  'Duke'

Common Name: Blueberry - early fruiting
Genus: Blueberry
Cultivar: 'Duke'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Rate of growth: average
  • Other features: light blue berries (June-July)


An interesting and high yielding variety that flowers late but produces its large to medium sized fruit early in the season. This means that very few of the flowers and developing fruits are damaged by late frosts so when mature, each bush can often yield up to 9kg of firm-fleshed fruits which makes it one of the heaviest and most consistent producers. The fruits are firm-fleshed with a sweet mild flavour and a light blue skin which store well after picking. The bushes are quite upright however, when the branches are laden with fruits they do become bowed with thier weight so they may need some support. In autumn the normally green leaves will turn brilliant shades of yellow and orange before they fall.

  • Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Blueberries can also be grown in large pots and containers if ericaceous compost is used. Prune in winter cutting out dead or damaged branches. In spring feed with sulphate of ammonia sulphate of potash and bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost.



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