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

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent


General Description

Scintilla has a vigorous and semi-upright growth habit, and produces a medium number of large berries.

Cultivar name: Scintilla

Recommended for Florida: no, susceptible to a fungicide-resistant strain of anthracnose present in Florida.

FL region best adapted to: none

Production system: deciduous and evergreen

Hydrogen cyanamide: performs well with or without hydrogen cyanamide

Machine Harvestability: no data yet

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

o North-central FL (2019): 1.3 lbs/plant

o Central FL (2013): 3.2 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: anthracnose stem lesions

Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

Fruit quality data:

o Fruit firmness: 207 – 249 g/mm, average 225 g/mm, higher than Emerald

o Berry Weight: 2.5 – 2.9 grams, average 2.8 grams, higher than Emerald

o Berry Diameter: 18.5 mm, similar to Emerald

o Brix: 12.0 – 13.0, average 12.3, higher than Emerald

o Brix/Acid Ratio: 18.2 – 37.1, average 27.1, similar to Emerald

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

o Wax/bloom: very high

o Fruit defects: none observed

o Flavor Score: 27.8 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.2)

o Aroma: low

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Emerald, Farthing

Other information: Partially self-incompatible and requires cross pollination for full fruit set. Produces new vegetative growth early enough in the season to fully support berry development. Berry clusters are loose and can be harvested rapidly.

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License Availability

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