Gupton Highbush Blueberry
Gupton is a new, early ripening, low-chill blueberry cultivar suitable for USDA growing zones 6-9. This plant grows to 6′ at maturity, having a narrow, columnar shape. Berries are medium to medium large, light blue in color, and very sweet. I have yields of 7-10# per plant on our 5-6 year bushes of Gupton on our farm; growers in Mississippi report between 10-14# of berries produced during the growing season, with picking taking 2 weeks to complete (ripening time in the states of MS, AL, and GA is mid-May to early-June). Other aspects noted in the southern growing zones is that the berries do not crack during wet weather at harvest time, and the flowering time is a bit later than other low-chill cultivars (helping Gupton to avoid frost damage to the blooms in late-frost pockets or valleys). Having grown Gupton on our farm now for 6 years, I can say that the berries are first rate, very sweet, and yields are very reliable. One of my favorite of the lower chill highbush blueberry.
USDA hardiness zones 6a-10a