Vaccinium corymbosum Midseason. 5-7'. Wild strain discovered by Elizabeth White, Whitesbog, New Jersey, early 1900s.
Small firm light blue tart berries are ideal for processing, baking into pies and muffins, or fresh eating. White asked local townspeople to find 100 of the largest fruiting bushes—the best ones she named after those who found them. Rubel is named for Rube Leek—White dropped the “-eek” because it “savored of onions.”
A hundred years later this variety is still being cultivated, with research showing it to be one of the highest in antioxidants for all highbush types. Parent of the old favorite Jersey. Consistent producer. Z4. (1-2' transplants)
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Two varieties are required for pollination, and three or more are recommended. Plant 3–6' apart in rows 8–10' apart.