Takes the Cake® Rabbiteye

Takes the Cake®

Vaccinium ashei ‘Vernon’ PP18291

Takes the Cake is no wimp! This berry machine reaches 4–5 -ft high, and produces a large crop of medium-sized, firm berries. For a heavier fruit set, plant with other Rabbiteye types for cross-pollination.

Sunset Zones

4–9, 14–24

USDA Zones

0°F to 10°F USDA zones 7–9

This plant isn't suitable for your USDA Zone 5b

Takes the Cake® Features

Plant Dimensions

5-6' H x 3-4' W

Landscape Use

Accent, Border, Container, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Low Hedge, Mass planting, Privacy Planting, Woodland Garden

Plant Type


Growth Rate



Full sun

Special Feature

Attracts Pollinators, Compact habit, Disease / Pest Resistance, Easy Care, Edible, Heat Tolerance, Tolerates Clay Soil, Upright Habit, Winter / Fall Foliage Color


Plant your own U-Pick Blueberries

Flowering Season


Takes the Cake® Plant Care

Water Needs

Medium Water Once Established


Fertilize in early spring with Azalea food; do not use fertilizer with Nitrate


In late winter, prune out dead or spindly branches


Well-drained acidic soil

Planting Instructions

1. Dig in your native soil a hole as deep and wide as the container. We recommend planting in native soil for best acclimation.
2. Fill the hole with water and thoroughly water the new plant; allow both to drain.
3. Gently place the plant on its side and remove the pot. Place your hand on the bottom of the plant and put it in the hole.
4. Return native soil around the root ball, wetting and gently tamping down.
5. To complete, create a shallow trench around the base of the plant to contain the water when watering.
6. Mulch 1–2” deep around the plant, avoiding the area closest to the stem.

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Your zip code 50307 is in Zone: 5b with a temperature range of: -15 to -10 °F.