Vaccinium ashei ‘Premier’
Premier is a North Carolina State University release. It is widely adapted across the Southeast (all of Alabama) southward to north Florida. Chill Hour requirements, 45 degrees Faharenheit and below, are 600 to 650 hours. The harvest season is from June 8 to July 9, at Petals. The plant is upright/spreading, low to medium canes per plant. The berries are large size, medium blue, and somewhat firm with excellent flavor. Berries aren’t quite as bad to split following rains. Plant in full sun in well drained acid soil with a ph of 4.2 to 5.5. A good pollinator for Premier would be Climax or Austin. Hardy in zones 7-9. Plants are shipped in one gallon containers.