O’Neal Souhtern Highbush Organic Blueberry Plant
O’Neal is a very early ripening, low-chill, highbush blueberry. It is also a self-pollinating cultivar. Developed in North Carolina, O’Neal is an exceptional plant for the Southeast and Gulf States. O’Neal has large berries that are sweet and firm, and pick cleanly from the bush. Yields of 6-10 pounds of high quality fruit can be produced on mature plants. O’Neal grows 4-6′ tall with stout stems and attractive foliage, and has an upright, spreading habit. O’Neal has done well growing on our farm here in Indiana (zone 5b), though I do use frost blankets when it is flowering during frosty weather. It has reliably set crops for us most years in our zone, and will do well with minimal spring protection in zones 5b-6 (it is winter hardy in those zones too). For zones 7 and warmer, no protection is needed, and O’Neal will perform very well.
Hardy in USDA zones 7-9.