Takes the Cake® Rabbiteye

Vaccinium ashei ‘Vernon’ PP18291

Takes the Cake is no wimp! This berry machine reaches 4–5 -ft high, and produces a large crop of medium-sized, firm berries. For a heavier fruit set, plant with other Rabbiteye types for cross-pollination.

Sunset Zones

4–9, 14–24

USDA Zones

0°F to 10°F USDA zones 7–9

Takes the Cake® Rabbiteye Features

Plant Dimensions

5-6' H x 3-4' W

Landscape Use

Accent, Border, Container, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Low Hedge, Mass planting, Privacy Planting, Woodland Garden

Plant Type

Deciduous

Growth Rate

Moderate

Exposure

Full sun

Special Feature

Attracts Pollinators, Compact habit, Disease / Pest Resistance, Easy Care, Edible, Heat Tolerance, Tolerates Clay Soil, Upright Habit, Winter / Fall Foliage Color

Feature

Plant your own U-Pick Blueberries

Flowering Season

Spring

Takes the Cake® Rabbiteye Plant Care

Water Needs

Medium Water Once Established

Fertilizer

Fertilize in early spring with Azalea food; do not use fertilizer with Nitrate

Pruning

In late winter, prune out dead or spindly branches

Soil

Well-drained acidic soil

Planting Instructions

1. Dig in your native soil a hole as deep and wide as the container. We recommend planting in native soil for best acclimation.
2. Fill the hole with water and thoroughly water the new plant; allow both to drain.
3. Gently place the plant on its side and remove the pot. Place your hand on the bottom of the plant and put it in the hole.
4. Return native soil around the root ball, wetting and gently tamping down.
5. To complete, create a shallow trench around the base of the plant to contain the water when watering.
6. Mulch 1–2” deep around the plant, avoiding the area closest to the stem.

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