The wild Maine blueberry is Vaccinium angustifolium. It is available from
select growers here in the US, but requires a more specifc cultural
condition than do the more commonly grown Vaccinium corymbosum cultivars and
hybrids. Have no idea how widespread its availability may be in the UK, but
you could look for a midsized highbush 'Northblue' which produces small
berries with similar appearance and taste to "wild" blueberries.
pam - gardengal
If you live in a pine barren <G>
Wehave a whole yard of Maine wild blueberries at our house in Maine.
The conditions are thin, acid soil with jack pines creating natural
mulch. The terrain is very flat. Funny thing is, they grow both in
full sun and in full shade, and the berries onthe full shade plants
are plumper, sweeter, the ones on the full sun plants are smaller and
more concentrated with flavor.
Pam has given you good info, good luck in your search!
Ann, Gardening in zone 6a
Just south of Boston, MA
Tons of information on Maine blueberries from the University of Maine
Extension at http://www.wildblueberries.maine.edu /
Blueberries in general, and the typical wild Maine blueberry,
Vaccinium angustifolium, do well in pretty much the same conditions as
azaleas and rhododendrons (to which they are related). If you have (or
can make) acid soil (pH 6 or better yet 5.5 or lower) in a sunny,
sheltered spot, they are at least a good risk.
V. angustifolium is also grown in Sweden, where there are hybridizers
working with it, but I don't know of any UK sources.
even if you have acid soil (possible the UK is just as wet as out
atlantic coast), my guess is that it is too warm in England for Maine
blueberries. You are what we call zone 8, right? The coldest night of
the year goes to -6C (21F), no colder.
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