• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Patriot' (F)

blueberry 'Patriot'

  • Other common names blueberry 'Patriot'

  • Synonyms Vaccinium 'Patriot'

  • Family Ericaceae

  • Genus Vaccinium can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees, with simple leaves and small, bell- or urn-shaped flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries

  • Details 'Patriot' is a vigorous, deciduous shrub to 2m tall, with small, oval leaves turning red in autumn.Clusters of small, waxy,creamy-white flowers are followed bywell-flavoured, blue-black fruits ripening in mid- to late summer


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Partial Shade

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • Clay


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Plant in a sheltered site in moisture-retentive, acidic soil, (pH 4.5-5.5) in sun or part shade. This cultivar is very hardy and more tolerant of colder locations and heavy soils than others. Alternatively grow in containers or raised beds filled with ericaceous compost. For optimal pollination and yield plant three different cultivars. See blueberry cultivation

Propagation Take 10-15cm softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Coastal City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning More mature plants benefit from regular pruning ? see pruning blueberries

Pests Watch out for vine weevil, especially if container grown

Diseases Can be affected by powdery mildews. Chlorosis due to manganese and iron deficiencies may be a problem ? see nutrient deficiencies

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