I can’t resist shrubs with great fall color. And blueberry bushes are scattered around our garden, in full sun, in full shade. Blueberries in the landscape produce more fruit in the sunnier positions, but enough blueberries for the two of us, the grandchildren, and many, many birds.
Native to North America, blueberries are members of the vaccinium family, some delicious, some challenging, but all loved by birds. We grow the modern improved garden varieties, but certainly not in the manner suggested by the Alabama extension service. We grow blueberry bushes as part of our shrub borders, for the wonderful spring and fall foliage, the great little bee-nourishing blooms, as well as the fruit.
This time of year, enjoy the reds and burgundy colors of the fall foliage on these native shrubs, and be satisfied that you are contributing to the well being of birds and bees and lucky children.