Rabbiteye Blueberry - Vaccinium Ashei
The Rabbiteye Blueberry are slow maturing plants. The can sometimes produce up to nickel size fruit that is edible. This bush does best with other blueberry plants planted fairly close. Birds and squirrels like the fruit of this plant. Rabbiteye Blueberries are relatively easy to grow. They are sensitive to the type of soil they are planted in, but otherwise easy plants to grow because they are pest-free and require little fertilization. Most of these plants start to produce fruit in the third year but are not fully mature until their sixth or seventh year. It is best to buy one of these bushes in its second or third year because it adapts better to transplanting. It can also can grow as much as two to three feet in a single year. The perfect soils for this plant will be well draining, sensitive to sodium and have a pH of between 4 and 5.5. The reason for the name of this plant is because the fruit resembles the eyes of a rabbit. The fruit is still sweet and can be eaten right off the plant or made into something such as a pie or jam for the whole family to enjoy.