New Blueberry introduction ‘Pink Lemonade’ and it’s really PINK! The first pink blueberry!
Blueberries are naturally high in anti-oxidants! ‘Pink Lemonade’ has unbelievable bright pink berries that are delightfully sweet in flavor. These plants are very vigorous and ornamentally attractive. Developed by the USDA with parentage to be successful in low chill climates. ‘Pink Lemonade’ offers four-season interest. The shrub has pinkish-white showy bell-shaped flowers in the spring. The fruits are pale greenish at first, then dappled pink, and finally develop a deep pink color indicating a ripened fruit. The leaves are smooth, glossy green, with serrated leaf margins. In fall, the leaves turn a bright orange fading to deep red. Wintertime twigs are dusky reddish-brown. Any un-harvested fruit supplies sustaining food to songbirds and wildlife. Make sure you put it where you can enjoy this beautiful year round shrub!
Blueberries are extremely nutritious and have a high vitamin content. They are excellent in pies and make delicious jams and preserves. Best of all, bake your own ‘Pink’ blueberry muffins! Imagine, a late summer compote of mixed berries with the addition of the ‘Pink Lemonade’ fruits or a blueberry pie with a mix of the traditional blue berries along with the ‘Pink Lemonade’ berries. How beautiful!
Like all blueberries, they must have moist, acidic soil to flourish. Even without the added bonus of delicious berries, it makes an attractive deciduous shrub with flowers in spring and striking autumn colors. Fast-growing. Blueberries are considered a beautiful productive hedge with spring flowering on dark green foliage, delicious fruit in summer and fiery red foliage for autumn color. Set plants out as early as possible in the spring. Prune branches back about 1/2 their length at planting time with no further pruning required the next 3 years. Prune annually thereafter during the dormant period.