Blueberry - Sunshine Blue

Vaccinium spp

Sunshine Blue Blueberry Bush Plant By Tracie Hall [CC BY-SA 2.0] (Photo Credits)

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Sunshine Blue has it all. This semi-dwarf, versatile semi-deciduous blueberry features showy hot pink flowers that fade to white in spring, yielding large crops of delicious berries. Sunshine Blue tolerates higher pH soils better than many other blueberries and it is self-fertile. It is is a Southern Highbush with the low chilling requirement of 150 hours makes it suitable for the subtropics, but we find it is surprisingly cold-hardy and a wonderful addition to patios and gardens in cooler areas.

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Specifications of Blueberry - Sunshine Blue

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1+ Beneficial (cross pollination helps with fruit set)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas VIC, SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Frequent Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic)

Soil pH Moderately Acidic (5.5-6.5)

Fruiting/Harvest Months October, November, December

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Blueberry - Sunshine Blue Reviews & Tips

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★★★★ 1y ago

SUNBURY, VIC, Australia

These have grown exceptionally well - I purchased in 2016 and have had in a pot since.  Last year was an absolute bumper crop - we were eating blueberries for what felt like forever and had plenty to share around.  This year (2019) we had a few days ...

★★★ 1y ago

RIVERTON, WA, Australia

Sunshine blue is a good tasting blueberry that is a little tougher than most. It provides plenty of berries in spring and summer. Although the berries have good flavour they are smaller in size than newer varieties.

★★★★ 1y ago


Love blueberries. As do my girls. Thought I'd give them a go as an understory plant in front of my nectarine/plum multi graft

★★★★ 2y ago

DERRIMUT, VIC, Australia

Prolific bearer. Good size berries. Evergreen

★★★★★ 2y ago


Just potted 2 days ago. It looks vigorous with lots of leaves. Was professionally pruned before and a lot of new shoots growing.

★★★★★ 3y ago

TAMWORTH, NSW, Australia

King of antioxidants not to mention the marvelous flavor.

Tree Lea
★★★★ 3y ago


Always wanted a Blueberry bush and scored a nice compact shrub from a wholesale nursery that was closing down. Covered in floweres at the moment .... now looking for a good pot and place to put it. 

★★★★★ 4y ago


I purchased 2 bushes from 2 different nurseries, Nelly kelly and Humphries. Both are fruiting. The Nelly Kelly already has about 30 berries and its a small bush. The Humphries ones has hundreds of flowers and about 1/2 as much berries (currently) as it...

★★★★ 5y ago

GUNNEDAH, NSW, Australia

Fruit is amazing just two years after planting! We've harvested nearly 1kg this year.  At it's peak (late Nov / early Dec) was harvesting 1 punnet every 3-4 days. Fruit is good size and delicious. We moved it to a new location this year.  Full sun, ...

Loves Fruit Trees
★★★★ 5y ago


Thought I would have a few varieties of Blueberries, so I added this one. It looks lovely and healthy. I;m growing mine in pots but John Hartley says that they are a great plant for Edible Landscaping - that is a fast growing trend these days - because...

5y ago


it's got good growth. had heaps of flowers then fruit, but it's small and not that tasty. maybe i should thin it next time.

★★★★ 6y ago

WOODVALE, WA, Australia

Really nice, compact and evergreen. Likes to fruit all year round but has the most flowers and berries from about July through to Dec/Jan. Fruit are nice size and very sweet.

★★★★ 8y ago


Easier blueberry to maintain than other varieties.AKA: Nellie Kelly

★★★ 9y ago

North Ryde, NSW

This is a Nellie Kelly blueberry - I adore these plants. I allowed them to fruit in the first year, and they gave a couple of punnets of blueberries in total between the two.Make sure you let the berries atay on the bush for a week or so after turning ...

★★★★★ 9y ago

Burnside, VIC, Australia

2011: I love this variety because it is an ever-green and suited to pot growing. It gives loads of fruits and is so easy to grow in Melbourne climates. I purchased a few small plants this year and had some potted up and some in the ground. So far they ...

★★★★★ 10y ago

Schofields, NSW, Austraqlia

fruit really well for last 2 years.

★★★★ 10y ago

Erskineville, nsw

I have planted 3 as a small hedge on a south facing wall with espaliered camilias. They are doing very well and loaded with fruit. In preparing the site I removed the soil to a spade depth and replaced with azalea potting mix. 

★★★★ 10y ago

Grafton, NSW, AUstralia

First time growing. Has flowered very well through winter with some fruiting.

★★★ 10y ago

Frankston, VIC, Australia

Planted two Sunshine Blue and one Elliot Blueberry seedlings into the East facing front lawn. (Morning sun and to about 2pm)Hope to create an informal hedge as they grow.  (Elliot is a pollinator)Have used pine nettles and shreded sugar cane as muls...

★★★ 11y ago

Mooloolaba, QLD, Australia

Planted in 2008 but I really haven't given them any attention.  All the same they have provided me with some fruit which I simply graze on.  Will put more effort into them this year to see what they can do.Lots of new growth so it will be interesting...

★★★★ 11y ago


Growing in winebarrel for 3 years

★★★ 11y ago

North Ryde, NSW, Australia

 Have only just planted in a pot about a month ago. Lots of flowers but will have to wait and see how it goes.

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