Arlen Highbush Organic Blueberry Plant
Developed at the North Carolina Agriculture Research Station in Raleigh, Arlen has shown good resistance to stem blight disease in areas where this disease is prevalent. I have replaced our Elliott blueberries with Arlen and some other late varieties, because Elliott seems to be very sensitive to water stress and prefers only certain micro-climates on our farm. Arlen has larger fruit than Elliott (though not as big as Chandler), and it is sweeter. Our Arlen planting is coming into its own as the bushes mature, and yields have been very good for this late season cultivar, and I expect to easily see 10# of berries per bush at our latitude (trials in New Jersey have shown it in excess of 14# per plant). Robust plants reach 5-6′ at maturity.
USDA hardiness Zones 5-8
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