|'Climax' is an early season shrub with berries of medium size and medium dark blue in color. This plant grows upright and the fruit begans to ripen 3 to 5 days before the cultivar 'Woodard' and is excellent for mechanical harvesting.
Vaccinium ashei is a Southeastern U.S. species, well adapted to hot, humid summers with mild winters. They tolerate conditions that other blueberries will not. They generally grow 6 to 8 feet tall, and the blueberries ripen in late spring or early summer. Suitable for hedging or shrub borders, with attractive tiny pink or white flowers, and often nice fall colors. Prefer, rich, moist acidic soils.
Plant several varieties for good pollination. Prune out old branches and weak shoots for good fruit production. Several cultivars are available.