The upright bush is cold hardy. It delivers high yields of berries that can be left on the bush for quite a while after they are ripe, helping to make it good for pick your own.
Nelson Blueberries can also be mechanically harvested mid to late-season.
Nelson Blueberries were developed jointly by the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station from a cross between Bluecrop blueberries and a blueberry referred to as G- 107. The cross was initially done by A.D. Draper of the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland in 1965.
Nelson Blueberries were released in 1988.
Nelson Blueberries were named after a J.W. Nelson of the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association.