U.S. Patent (USPPAF)
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

‘Wayne' is an early season production blueberry cultivar with high yield potential - similar than ‘Jewel’. Fruit is similar in flavor but slighter larger and firmer than ‘Jewel’. Production is earlier than ‘Jewel’ without Hydrogen cyanamide for as much as two weeks. Among other positive characteristics is the persistence under unfavorable conditions in Florida. Negative aspects are that suffers same leaf diseases than ‘Jewel’ but these can be easily controlled in traditional systems.


  • Two weeks earlier than Jewel

  • Similar yield potential than Jewel

  • Low doses of hydrogen cyanamide can be used (more research being conducted)

  • May suffer similar leaf diseases than Jewel (to be confirmed)

  • Berries tart until fully ripe

  • Still to be tested in Central FL


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

  • Slighter larger Fruit Weight/Size (2.3 grams/24.4 mm) larger than ‘Jewel’

  • High Fruit Brix levels (10.9) similar to ‘Jewel’

  • Higher Fruit Firmness (190.8 g/mm), higher than ‘Jewel’

Performance 2018-2019 Season
Wayne_Citra FL_2019
Wayne_Central-North FL_2019
Wayne_Citra FL_2018
Wayne_Central-North 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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