Pink Popcorn® Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'MNPINK1'
Pink Popcorn® Blueberry fruit
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3
Group/Class: Highbush Blueberry
Brand: Briggs Nursery
A distinct, heavy bearing selection featuring unique cream to pink, medium sized berries with true blueberry flavor; ripens early to mid season; blueberries need highly acidic soil, perfect drainage and mulch; plant with peat moss
Pink Popcorn® Blueberry is a small shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces clusters of pink round berries with creamy white variegation which are usually ready for picking from early to mid summer. The berries have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.
The berries are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Pink Popcorn® Blueberry features dainty clusters of white bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow, red and purple in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent pink berries with creamy white variegation from early to mid summer. The smooth brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Pink Popcorn® Blueberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Pink Popcorn® Blueberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.
This shrub is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.