Words such as “jumbo shrimp” and “bittersweet” are considered oxymorons, but that doesn’t mean they don’t represent something real. They do. And you can add “pink blueberry” to the list. The folks at Briggs Nursery have introduced Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ – yes, an actual pink blueberry – for 2009. The plant bears firm, delicious pink fruit from May through October. Briggs is predicting it will be a big hit. “Our latest introduction of our new pink blueberry highbush is right in step with the growing consumer demand for small fruit bushes,” Briggs president Dave Jarzynka said. In addition to producing edible fruit, the bush is also poised to take advantage of consumer desires for four-season interest. In the fall, the foliage turns orange, then deep red. In the winter, the twigs are reddish-brown. Upon arrival of spring, the plant blooms pinkish-white. And as summer comes, it bears fruit that are pale green, then dappled pink and finally deep pink when they ripen.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.