Robeson Rabbitye Organic Blueberry Plant
Named in 1996 by NCSU, Robeson is a very robust and productive rabbiteye blueberry cultivar. Blueberries of Robeson are medium sized (like most rabbiteye cultivars), very sweet, and come ripe in mid to late June in the southern states. Yields for a mature bush will range between 10-12# of berries. Crossing with another early or mid season cultivar is beneficial for fruit set, and Prince and Premier are two cultivars that will fully pollinate Robeson. I have noticed some isolated Robeson on our farm producing fruit when there was no chance of crossing with rabbiteye pollen, so they may be partially self fruitful (but I won’t list them as such as I haven’t concretely verified this yet…a lot to do on a farm!). Size of the mature bush is 6′ tall and 3′ wide, making Robeson a manageable size for a rabbiteye blueberry. This cultivar has also shown resistance to stem blight and root rot. Ripening time is similar to Prince. Of all the rabbiteye cultivars I’ve grown, I have to say that Robeson grows like a weed. I have seen in three years of growth the plant obtain 6′ in height. It is also precocious, bearing fruit very early. If you are looking for the fastest growing blueberry for a hedge or screen planting that can bear fruit, Robeson is a good choice (just remember to add some cross pollination cultivars in the area for fruit set).
USDA hardiness zones 6a-9b
Best pollinator: Prince and Premier