Vaccinium darrowii 'Rosa's Blush'
Blueberry, Florida Evergreen 'Rosa's Blush'
This small leaf evergreen blueberry is native to sandy pinelands in the South. Small bell-shaped white flowers are followed by small but edible blueberries. The leaves are normally green or blue-green. This variety has blue-green leaves but the new growth is very showy with lots of pink tints. This character seems to manifest itself mostly in material from Highlands County, Florida and is noted in several clones being worked with at NC State University blueberry breeding program. 'Rosa's Blush' is a selection made by our friend Steve Riefler who is a noted Florida plant hunter and plant breeder. Steve has found and introduced a number of now popular native species and selections. Steve named this now popular selection for the late Rosa Gonzales, a nursery colleague. Plant this charming plant in sandy acid soil that is well-drained and select a sunny or semi-shady site.
USDA Hardiness Zone 7-9