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The All-American Blueberry Bush

(credit:  Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Blueberries bushes aren’t only great native plants, they display all-American colors too – white spring flowers, blue summer berries and red fall foliage. This time of year, they’re covered with nodding little bell-shaped flowers, which over the summer will develop into delicious berries. Come autumn, the leaves on your blueberry bush become a brilliant bright red before dropping for winter, making these shrubs a three-seasaon stunner.

Since blueberries are native to our area, they’re easy to grow here – all they need is a sunny spot with acid soil – test yours and add a little peat moss if needed when planting. Grow more than one variety of blueberries and they’ll cross pollinate to produce even more fruit for you!

So instead of those invasive, alien burning bush euonymus you see everywhere, for great red fall color plus pretty spring flowers and yummy summer fruit, go get some blueberries and get planting already.

Learn more about growing blueberries at home:

NJAES.Rutgers.edu/pubs/download-free.asp?strPubID=FS750

OR

Pubs.cas.PSU.edu/freepubs/MAberryGuide.htm

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

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