Parent: Vaccinium corymbosum
Category: Shrub - Deciduous
Zones: 6a to 9a
Size: 3 to 5' tall and wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Southern Highbush variety intended for home gardeners. White flowers in spring, light blue fruit and brilliant red fall color. Strong upright growth. Well-drained, semi-moist soil. Self-pollinating.
Released by UGA and the USDA Research Service. Licensed to McCorkles. Introduced as part of the Gardener's Confidence series. From patent application (inventors Scott D. Nesmith (Molena, GA, US) and Mark Ehlenfeldt (Tabernacle, NJ, US), assignee University of Georgia Research Foundation (Athens, GA, US) and the United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture (Washington, DC, US)):
"The new blueberry plant variety 'TH-682' was selected in Griffin, Ga. in 2001. The new variety 'TH-682' ripens early compared to commercially available rabbiteye varieties and produces an attractive, light blue fruit. The fruit of the new variety 'TH-682' are generally large and have good flavor. The new variety 'TH-682' is vigorous with an estimated chilling requirement of between about 500 to about 550 hours below approximately 45° F. The new variety 'TH-682' also produces an attractive fall foliage leaf color."
I received a 4" pot as a gift from McCorkles at the Master Gardener conference in LaGrange, GA in September 2010. I planted it in the courtyard and moved it to a sunnier location in the courtyard in June 2011. It has great autumn color which lasts well into winter.