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U.S. Patent PP26,312
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent


General Description

Arcadia produces high berry yields when grown in an evergreen management system. The peak of production in central and south-central Florida aligns well with the high-value market window. Plants survive well in the field and have a high tolerance to leaf diseases.

Cultivar name: Arcadia (selection code FL07-399)

Recommended for Florida: yes

FL region best adapted to: central and south-central Florida

Production system: evergreen

Hydrogen cyanamide: not recommended

Machine Harvestability: No data yet; spreading plant structure and less than ideal fruit firmness may not be best for machine harvesting.

Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):

o North-central FL (2018-2021): 10.6 – 12.3 lbs/plant, average 11.4 lbs/plant

o Central FL (2013-2020): 8.6 – 9.6 lbs/plant, average 9.1 lbs/plant (reported by grower)

o South FL (2019 and 2021): 6.8 – 9.1 lbs/plant, average 7.96 lbs/plant 

Known disease susceptibility: susceptible to Ralstonia

Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

Fruit quality data:

o Fruit firmness: 169 – 205 g/mm, average 191 g/mm, similar to Emerald

o Berry Weight: 2.1 – 2.9 grams, average 2.4 grams, similar to Emerald

o Berry Diameter: 16.8 – 19.3 mm, average 17.9 mm, similar to Farthing and Kestrel

o Brix:  9.8 – 12.3, average 11.3, similar to Emerald

o Brix/Acid Ratio: 9.4 – 33.0, average 18.1, similar to Emerald

o Fruit Scar: normal (small, dry), similar to Emerald

o Wax/Bloom: medium, similar to Emerald

o Fruit defects: none observed

o Flavor Score: 21.6 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)

o Aroma: none

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Avanti, Chickadee, Emerald (with hydrogen cyanamide), Endura, Kestrel

Other information: Large fruit size. Excellent leaf disease tolerance. Can have a very long harvest in the evergreen system.

License availability: For a list of current nursery licensees in the USA, click here

License Availability

For licensing availability contact Florida Foundation Seed Producers (FFSP):​​

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