Southern Highbush Varieties
EMERALD is a vigorous bush with a growth habit midway between upright and spreading. Flowers open uniformly and it produces abundant leaves even after mild winters. Emerald is very capable of carrying heavy crops and combines a vigorous, upright, bush with high yield potential, early ripening, and large, high-quality berries which are large and firm with a good picking scar and have a sweet flavor. Color is medium to dark blue.
REBEL is an early ripening highbush and has better berry size, plant vigor and is earlier than Star. It has highly favorable size, scar and vigor.
SUZIBLUE is expected to become a main season southern highbush variety for Georgia. Its productivity has been very good when compared to the industry standard Star and the recently released Rebel. Additionally, it has larger berry size and better fruit firmness than these two standards, although Rebel still has the advantage of earlier ripening fruit.
STAR The bush is strong, upright, survives well, and
is easy to prune. Berry is large, firm, has a good picking scar, and is excellent for long-distance shipping. Star can be harvested rapidly, because the berries are in loose clusters and ripen during a short period. Flavor and color are good. One of the most popular varieties in Florida and Georgia.
FARTHING Very vigorous and survives well in commercial fields. Vigorous but not a tall bush. Foliage is dark green in color. The plant flowers very heavily. Fruit starts to ripen about the time of star but due to the heavy crop load it continues for up to 6 weeks.
MEADOWLARK is a very upright plant and early ripening. Has the ability to leaf strongly during flowering. Produces loose berry clusters and may have the potential for mechanical harvest. Meadowlark has mild flavored berries and the mature berries maintain quality for a long time on the plant.
GEORGIA DAWN is a Southern highbush with good plant vigor with an upright growth habit and narrow crown. It is early flowering (February-March) and ripening (end of April and early May). Georgia Dawn™ has medium to large berries with good flavor. It has good fruit scar and firmness.
KEE CRISP is a vigorous, upright-growing bush with long, somewhat whippy canes when grown under the summer hedging management used in southeastern southern highbush blueberry production. ‘Keecrisp’ ripens mid- to late-season. The berry size is large with a small, dry stem scar. ‘Keecrisp’ berries have a mild, very sweet flavor.
PATRECIA is a blueberry clone distinguished by its low chilling requirement, vigorous, upright-spreading bush habit, and large, firm berries that ripen from mid-April through May. Patrecia has a vigorous, upright-spreading growth habit that bears firm, large, sweet berries.
ALAPAHA are vigorous, upright with quite narrow crowns. They flower relatively late and produce consistent, high yields. Its berries are medium in size and have excellent firmness, color and flavor. Its small dry scars contribute to good shelf life. The outstanding characteristics include late flowering with early ripening and vigorous plants that produce high yields of excellent quality fruit.
BRIGHTWELL This blueberry is unsurpassed and considered among the top varieties in the world, which says it all. Brightwell ripens early mid-season, in between the production periods of Climax and Tifblue.
VERNON is an early season rabbiteye with favorable fruit attributes large berry size, good yields and excellent plant vigor. Vernon flowers late but ripens early. Berries are large in size and have excellent firmness, color, flavor and dry scars which contribute to good shelf life.