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.

$18.75 ($18.75-$49.00 choose a size)

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), 2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)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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Pollinators 685, 688, 689, 691, 2704

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Pollinators for the Blueberry - Sunshine Blue

Cross pollinate with these Southern Highbush varieties for fruit set

Blueberry - Biloxi

$21.90 ($21.90-$79.00 choose a size)

A great choice for hotter climates with very little chill hours. It is often the first variety to hit the markets ripening a few weeks before other early blueberry varieties. The fruit is firm and the size is medium. Even though it fruits early it can often produce a second harvest later in the season although it's first time to fruit yields the best harvest. Best to mix with other varieties so that when this one is not fruiting another variety is.

Blueberry - Gulfcoast

$17.90 ($17.90-$79.00 choose a size)

A low chill high bush variety. Excellent flavour, firmness and good picking scar. A vigorous upright bush with moderate toughness and good tolerance to root rot.

Blueberry - Misty

$19.90 ($18.90-$79.00 choose a size)

One of the most attractive Blueberries with bluish green leaves which contrast perfectly with striking pink and white spring flowers. You can get an even bigger harvest when planted with other varieties. Because of low chill hours it is a favorite in the subtropics. The Misty is one of the first varieties to fruit and the size is medium to large. Their flavour is sweet and spicy and perform brilliantly in pots.

Blueberry - Sharpblue

$17.90 ($17.90-$17.90 choose a size)

Excellent quality large fruit. Very low chill requirements and self-pollinating. A tough and vigorous bush. It has grown well in both sandy soils and heavier loams. The fruit has a wet scar, and is likely to become soft during very hot weather, meaning that it needs to be harvested frequently to overcome this.

Blueberry - Legacy

$19.75 ($17.75-$79.00 choose a size)

Vigorous, upright,self fertile high yielding and very consistent bearer of medium-sized fruit with a very superior flavor and sweetness. Rated as one of the highest flavor blueberries. The quality of the fruit is superior to many cultivars and has long storage time of around 8 days if kept refrigerated. The fresh market is recommended due to the high quality of the fruit flavor. A mid season, medium chill variety that extends the blueberry season! Well suited to most regions of NSW and QLD and in all areas is self fertile.

Blueberry - Sunshine Blue Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

★★★★★ 5months ago


Fruited after one year of planting/stabilising. Easy to manage & loves Melbourne weather as it needs x-amount if cold weathet season to bear fruit. The plants love our coffee grounds... we've just pick a handful ang it's great tasting blueberries. 

★★★★ 2y 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 ...

★★★★ 2y 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.

★★★★ 3y 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

★★★★ 3y ago

DERRIMUT, VIC, Australia

Prolific bearer. Good size berries. Evergreen

★★★★★ 4y ago


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

★★★★★ 4y ago

TAMWORTH, NSW, Australia

King of antioxidants not to mention the marvelous flavor.

Tree Lea
★★★★ 4y 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. 

★★★★★ 5y 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...

★★★★ 6y 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
★★★★ 6y 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...

7y 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.

★★★★ 7y 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.

★★★★ 9y ago


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

★★★ 10y 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 ...

★★★★★ 10y 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 ...

★★★★★ 11y ago

Schofields, NSW, Austraqlia

fruit really well for last 2 years.

★★★★ 11y 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. 

★★★★ 11y ago

Grafton, NSW, AUstralia

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

★★★ 11y 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...

★★★ 12y 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...

★★★★ 12y ago


Growing in winebarrel for 3 years

★★★ 12y 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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