Dr. David Cohen harvesting blueberries grown in his home landscape. Dr. Cohen will provide a seminar on growing blueberries Saturday at the Galveston County Extension Office.

Blueberries are truly an American fruit, with several species native to the United States. Blueberries are ideal for edible landscaping. They’re neat, attractive shrubs that can serve as hedges, privacy screens or background plantings for beds.

Blueberries also can be used in masses or as focal points in the landscape. They’re adaptable to growing in containers, making it possible for people without a yard to grow blueberries on balconies, decks, porches and patios.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at

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