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Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade

The Pink Lemonade (Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade') is a unique blueberry bush hybrid called rabbiteye. There are four types of blueberry plants: northern highbush, southern highbush, rabbiteye, and lowbush. Northern highbush blueberries are hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 7 and bear large fruits. Southern highbush blueberries bear large fruits while hardy in Zones 7 through 10. Lowbush blueberries, bearing smaller fruits, have more of a groundcover growth habit and are popular in colder zones. Rabbiteye varieties are more compact and can be grown in most zones except those with extreme temperatures.

Hardy in Zones 4 through 8 and sometimes 9, pink lemonade blueberry bushes produce well in cold climates and areas with mild winters. In spring, pinkish white, bell-shaped flowers attract butterflies and form pale green berries. While all "blueberries" are actually pale pink before they ripen, this variety matures a pinkish-red in mid-summer. The larger crop typically comes mid to late summer, followed by a smaller crop steadily through October. Many gardeners and fruit lovers say the pink lemonade blueberries taste twice as sweet as regular blueberries, both of which are high in antioxidants. Glossy foliage turns golden yellow to bright orange to deep burgundy color in fall, giving way to reddish-brown twigs in winter. It grows 4 to 5 feet tall and wide.

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