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

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent


General Description

Chickadee is a very early season cultivar for the evergreen production system, with excellent fruit ripening timing for the Florida market window.

Cultivar name: Chickadee (selection code FL04-235)

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

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

o North Central FL (2018-2020): 1.1 – 5.9 lbs/plant, average 3.7 lbs/plant

o Central FL (2015): 2.6 – 5.0 lbs/plant (reported by growers)

o South FL (2019-2021): 2.5 – 2.9 lbs/plant, 2.72 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: algal stem blotch

Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

Fruit quality data:

o Fruit firmness: 233 – 311 g/mm, average 261 g/mm, much higher than Emerald, similar to Colossus

o Berry Weight: 1.8 – 2.6 grams, average 2.1 grams, similar to Avanti and Kestrel

o Berry Diameter: 15.0 – 18.4 mm, average 16.7 mm, small than Emerald, similar to Avanti

o Brix: 8.9 – 12.3, average 10.5, lower than Emerald, similar to Endura

o Brix/Acid Ratio: 14.9 – 75.8, average 30.7, higher than 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: 23.9 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)

o Aroma: none

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Arcadia, Kestrel

Other information: Very early production of high-quality fruit, with excellent timing for the Florida market window. Canopy can tend to be a bit sparse, and plants may not respond well to hard pruning when mature. Longevity has not yet been determined. May require supplemental nutrition for good performance.

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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