U.S. Patent PPAF
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description
  • Cultivar name: Colossus (selection # 11-35)

  • Region best adapted to: north-central Florida (although may also do well in certain areas of central Florida with sufficient chilling)

  • Production system: deciduous – in trials performed somewhat better with a low dose of hydrogen cyanamide

  • Per plant yields: north-central FL (2019) – 12 lbs/plant

  • Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date

  • Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

  • Hydrogen cyanamide: very low doses or no application

  • Machine Harvestability: If needed, can be harvested by machine during April for fresh market

  • Fruit quality data:

    • Large to jumbo fruit - Weight/Size (3.20 grams/20 mm), larger than ‘Emerald’

    • High Fruit Brix levels (11.7), better than ‘Emerald’

    • Very high fruit firmness (268 g/mm), better than ‘Emerald’, provides flexibility in harvesting time

  • Other information:

    • Late bloom

    • Short bloom to ripening period

    • Concentrated ripening

    • Good natural early leafing     

    • Great early yield potential, fits well with FL market window

    • May require freeze protection in late January

    • Harvesting should be done when desirable Brix/acid ratio is achieved

Performance 2018-2019 Season
Colossus_Citra FL_2019
Colossus_Citra FL_2018
Colossus_South FL_2019
Colossus_South FL_2018
Colossus_Central-North FL_2019
Colossus_Central-North FL_2018
Colossus_Central FL_2019
Colossus_Central FL_2018

Fruit Quality and Yield

The following plots show the most important fruit quality traits and yield, across the season.

The vertical lines in the yield plots indicate when 10%, 50% and 90% of the harvest was achieved during the season.


Dotted lines indicate the desired values for new cultivars:


  • Berry weight greater than 2g

  • Fruit Diameter greater than 14mm

  • Firmness higher than 150g/mm

  • Brix higher than 10%

  • TTA less than 1%

  • Brix/TTA higher than 14 units


Warning: Yield plot coming from harvesting of two bushes. Values may seem overestimated as all the fruit from the bush is harvested, and because this is harvest yield and no packed yield. Use this data to compare among cultivars and no to predict potential yield on your farm.


Measurements are in grams (g). To convert from grams to pounds (lb) use the following formula:

lb of fruit per bush = (g of fruit) x (0.002204)

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