|'Premier' is an early season release from North Carolina State University. Even though the canes may be too limber to support the fruit load, the bushes are vigorous and productive. It is similar in growth to 'Powderblue' except that its lanceolate leaves are a deeper green that turn to orange-red in the fall season.
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.