Bushel and Berry® Blueberry Peach Sorbet®

Bushel and Berry® Blueberry Peach Sorbet®

Compact, Colorful, and Perennially Fruiting


1-Quart
Item # 38384

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Container gardening is such a treat with Peach Sorbet™! This splendid Bushel and Berry™ is beautiful year-round, but its most dramatic season is undoubtedly spring, when it bursts into leaf with 4 distinct colors: peach, pink, orange, and green. Sometimes all these colors are present on the same leaf, creating a confetti-like effect of bright, cheery hues in the sunny garden or on the deck, balcony, or patio!

In summer, white blooms dot the foliage, followed by a generous crop of plump, juicy, richly flavored berries. You might think the show is finally over, but as soon as the cooler weather of fall arrives, the foliage changes color again. This time the leaves sport deep purple, plum, and magenta tones among the rich green. These tones persist well into winter, making this shrub just as showy as it is delicious!

The Bushel and Berries™ are a collection of edible ornamentals with ever-changing foliage colors, small plant sizes (just right for containers!), and plenty of yummy fruit! Developed by the Brazelton family of Oregon, these new cultivars are self-pollinating, so you need plant only one of any of the varieties for fruit. But chances are, once you see the Bushel and Berries™ in your garden, you'll simply have to have several! Enjoy the latest and most exciting phenomenon in edible ornamentals.

Peach Sorbet™ reaches just 2 to 3 feet high and spreads 2 feet wide -- a good size for a mid to large container or a smaller garden spot. It loves well-drained, rich soil and full sunshine, attracting butterflies with its spring blooms and birds with its tempting berries. You will find it attractive every month of the year!

Peach Sorbet™ is also dependable and easy to grow. It loves acidic, well-draining soil (pH 4.5 - 5.5 is best) in full sunshine everywhere but the hottest climates (where it appreciates some afternoon shade). In mid spring, prune away the stems that haven't put on any new growth. For the best fruiting, feed the plant in early spring and again later in the season, using Azalea food (or other acid-loving plant food), and adding in coffee grounds and blood meal if you can. Water it often (daily if in containers). Since this perennial will spread year after year, be sure and choose a large enough container to give it room grow! That's all there is to it! Get ready to enjoy an abundance of delectable berries and showy foliage! Zones 5 to 10.

Review Summary
(Based on 8 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Reviews

Sweet, LARGE berries and beautiful fall color
Dan O. from KY wrote on July 06, 2019

Grew in containers for two years and planted in the ground in spring of 2017 in a well prepared raised bed. Had to acidify the soil using sulfur, lots of peat and leaf compost but it was well worth the extra time and effort. I have seven other varieties of blueberry including Jelly Bean, Pink Icing, North Country, North Blue, Legacy, BluRay and Mini Blues. Peach Sorbet produces the largest berries by far (nickel size is common!) and the taste is sweeter than most with a moderately firm flesh. When fully ripe the flesh is somewhat softer than some of the other varieties. The growth habit is upright with most of the berries in clusters at the tips of the branches so picking is easier. Some of the clusters had 20+ berries that ripened over a period of two weeks or so. I netted the raised bed after the bees had pollinated the flowers using the Big Bug Netting to keep out not only the birds who would gobble up the fruit in no time, but to also keep out the Japanese beetles and green June Beetles. Netting is a necessity in my area! ;) Peach Sorbet does seem to hold onto its leaves longer than my other blueberries. They turn a beautiful deep burgundy-purple before finally dropping in early January which is when it’s the coldest here (zone 6b KY). Overall I would highly recommend this variety for its very large, abundant sweeter fruit that are easy to pick, it’s vigorous upright but compact growth habit and its excellent fall colors. The only negatives I can think of are that it does tend to sucker so requires some minor maintenance in that regard, and the flavor while sweet and complex isn’t as strong or intense as some of the other varieties. Don’t let either of those put you off though, this is definitely a winner!

Sweet, LARGE berries and beautiful fall color
Dan O. from KY wrote on July 06, 2019

Grew in containers for two years and planted in the ground in spring of 2017 in a well prepared raised bed. Had to acidify the soil using sulfur, lots of peat and leaf compost but it was well worth the extra time and effort. I have seven other varieties of blueberry including Jelly Bean, Pink Icing, North Country, North Blue, Legacy, BluRay and Mini Blues. Peach Sorbet produces the largest berries by far (nickel size is common!) and the taste is sweeter than most with a moderately firm flesh. When fully ripe the flesh is somewhat softer than some of the other varieties. The growth habit is upright with most of the berries in clusters at the tips of the branches so picking is easier. Some of the clusters had 20+ berries that ripened over a period of two weeks or so. I netted the raised bed after the bees had pollinated the flowers using the Big Bug Netting to keep out not only the birds who would gobble up the fruit in no time, but to also keep out the Japanese beetles and green June Beetles. Netting is a necessity in my area! ;) Peach Sorbet does seem to hold onto its leaves longer than my other blueberries. They turn a beautiful deep burgundy-purple before finally dropping in early January which is when it’s the coldest here (zone 6b KY). Overall I would highly recommend this variety for its very large, abundant sweeter fruit that are easy to pick, it’s vigorous upright but compact growth habit and its excellent fall colors. The only negatives I can think of are that it does tend to sucker so requires some minor maintenance in that regard, and the flavor while sweet and complex isn’t as strong or intense as some of the other varieties. Don’t let either of those put you off though, this is definitely a winner!

Sweet, LARGE berries and beautiful fall color
Dan O. from KY wrote on July 06, 2019

Grew in containers for two years and planted in the ground in spring of 2017 in a well prepared raised bed. Had to acidify the soil using sulfur, lots of peat and leaf compost but it was well worth the extra time and effort. I have seven other varieties of blueberry including Jelly Bean, Pink Icing, North Country, North Blue, Legacy, BluRay and Mini Blues. Peach Sorbet produces the largest berries by far (nickel size is common!) and the taste is sweeter than most with a moderately firm flesh. When fully ripe the flesh is somewhat softer than some of the other varieties. The growth habit is upright with most of the berries in clusters at the tips of the branches so picking is easier. Some of the clusters had 20+ berries that ripened over a period of two weeks or so. I netted the raised bed after the bees had pollinated the flowers using the Big Bug Netting to keep out not only the birds who would gobble up the fruit in no time, but to also keep out the Japanese beetles and green June Beetles. Netting is a necessity in my area! ;) Peach Sorbet does seem to hold onto its leaves longer than my other blueberries. They turn a beautiful deep burgundy-purple before finally dropping in early January which is when it’s the coldest here (zone 6b KY). Overall I would highly recommend this variety for its very large, abundant sweeter fruit that are easy to pick, it’s vigorous upright but compact growth habit and its excellent fall colors. The only negatives I can think of are that it does tend to sucker so requires some minor maintenance in that regard, and the flavor while sweet and complex isn’t as strong or intense as some of the other varieties. Don’t let either of those put you off though, this is definitely a winner!

Sweet, LARGE berries and beautiful fall color
Dan O. from KY wrote on July 06, 2019

Grew in containers for two years and planted in the ground in spring of 2017 in a well prepared raised bed. Had to acidify the soil using sulfur, lots of peat and leaf compost but it was well worth the extra time and effort. I have seven other varieties of blueberry including Jelly Bean, Pink Icing, North Country, North Blue, Legacy, BluRay and Mini Blues. Peach Sorbet produces the largest berries by far (nickel size is common!) and the taste is sweeter than most with a moderately firm flesh. When fully ripe the flesh is somewhat softer than some of the other varieties. The growth habit is upright with most of the berries in clusters at the tips of the branches so picking is easier. Some of the clusters had 20+ berries that ripened over a period of two weeks or so. I netted the raised bed after the bees had pollinated the flowers using the Big Bug Netting to keep out not only the birds who would gobble up the fruit in no time, but to also keep out the Japanese beetles and green June Beetles. Netting is a necessity in my area! ;) Peach Sorbet does seem to hold onto its leaves longer than my other blueberries. They turn a beautiful deep burgundy-purple before finally dropping in early January which is when it’s the coldest here (zone 6b KY). Overall I would highly recommend this variety for its very large, abundant sweeter fruit that are easy to pick, it’s vigorous upright but compact growth habit and its excellent fall colors. The only negatives I can think of are that it does tend to sucker so requires some minor maintenance in that regard, and the flavor while sweet and complex isn’t as strong or intense as some of the other varieties. Don’t let either of those put you off though, this is definitely a winner!

Sweet, LARGE berries and beautiful fall color
Dan O. from KY wrote on July 06, 2019

Grew in containers for two years and planted in the ground in spring of 2017 in a well prepared raised bed. Had to acidify the soil using sulfur, lots of peat and leaf compost but it was well worth the extra time and effort. I have seven other varieties of blueberry including Jelly Bean, Pink Icing, North Country, North Blue, Legacy, BluRay and Mini Blues. Peach Sorbet produces the largest berries by far (nickel size is common!) and the taste is sweeter than most with a moderately firm flesh. When fully ripe the flesh is somewhat softer than some of the other varieties. The growth habit is upright with most of the berries in clusters at the tips of the branches so picking is easier. Some of the clusters had 20+ berries that ripened over a period of two weeks or so. I netted the raised bed after the bees had pollinated the flowers using the Big Bug Netting to keep out not only the birds who would gobble up the fruit in no time, but to also keep out the Japanese beetles and green June Beetles. Netting is a necessity in my area! ;) Peach Sorbet does seem to hold onto its leaves longer than my other blueberries. They turn a beautiful deep burgundy-purple before finally dropping in early January which is when it’s the coldest here (zone 6b KY). Overall I would highly recommend this variety for its very large, abundant sweeter fruit that are easy to pick, it’s vigorous upright but compact growth habit and its excellent fall colors. The only negatives I can think of are that it does tend to sucker so requires some minor maintenance in that regard, and the flavor while sweet and complex isn’t as strong or intense as some of the other varieties. Don’t let either of those put you off though, this is definitely a winner!