Vaccinium x O’Neal

(O'Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Often considered to have the best flavor of the Southern Highbush varieties, large dark blue fruit matures very early. Needs only 400 hours of winter chill to produce. Evergreen foliage in mild winters or turns brilliant red before falling in cold climates.

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Blueberries grow best in acidic soil and are subject to few pests and diseases. Because they are not self-fruitful, two compatible varieties should be planted to ensure good fruit set. If maintained with mulching, it may endure temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants mature to heights from 3 to 6 feet, with a width of up to 4 feet. The plant has few insect or disease problems, however birds and squirrels consume its fruit.

Additional information

Berry Color

dark blue

Botanical Name

Vaccinium x 'O'Neal'

Common Name

O'Neal Southern Highbush Blueberry

Evergreen or Deciduous


Deer Resistant


Fall Color

Bright red

Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b



Light Requirements

Full Sun

Soil Condition

Acidic, Well-drained

Water Needs




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