U.S. Patent PP11,807
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

Very popular in central Florida for planting with ‘Emerald’.  Produces a high yield of large, round berries that have good packing and shipping qualities.


  • High yield potential for mid season

  • Works well under hydrogen cyanamide system. Careful with dose!

  • Vigorous, upright

  • Early bloom

  • Very susceptible to leaf diseases, including rust

  • Berries tart until fully ripe

  • Berries softer than Emerald


Fruit quality under optimal picking conditions (average of several years):

  • Slightly smaller Fruit Weight/Size (2.3 grams/19.6 mm) than ‘Emerald’

  • Similar Fruit Brix levels (11) than ‘Emerald’

  • Lower Fruit Firmness (182 g/mm) than ‘Emerald’

Performance 2018 Season

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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