Springhigh produces an upright, vigorous, bush that set numerous flower buds in the fall and is capable of heavy flowering and fruit production. It tends to bloom a bit early. The berries of Springhigh are extra large, and Springhigh has consistently ripened fruit before competing Southern varieties. Berry firmness, scar and flavor are good but not exceptional. Berries are somewhat dark but acceptable for an early season berry. Peak season is May 7 - May 21.
A patented variety, Star was released by the University of Florida in 1995 and is currently the leading southern cultivar. It is strong growing, has dependable berry quality and ease of hand harvest, with most berries removed in the first two pickings (for young plants). Mature plants yield a longer production interval, up to eight pickings. Star has a quick bloom to ripe interval and has a relatively compressed harvest period of about 3 weeks. Fruit is large to very large, sweet, medium blue, with small recessed scar, and outstanding quality. Peak season is May 10 - May 24.
O'Neal was a 1988 release from the NC State University breeding program. It is grown widely here in North Carolina, and also across South America. This is one of the best tasting berries for fresh eating. Often considered to have the best flavor of the Southern Highbush types, with large, dark blue fruit that matures during mid-summer. One of the earliest blueberries to ripen. O'Neal plants have great ornamental value for their brilliant red foliage in the Fall. Peak season is May 12 - May 26.
A Southern Highbush blueberry variety identified in 1984 from the University of Florida recurrent selection program, Southern Belle is adapted to mild-winter regions and produces large, high-quality berries early in the harvest season. The berries are very large and have a very small, dry picking scar, as well as good firmness and a mild, subacid flavor. The berry picks free of stems and adhering dried corollas and has excellent post-harvest life if stored at 32° F. Peak season is May 12 - May 26.
This is an early-bearing, fine-tasting blueberry and unusually resistant to leaf burn under the hot summer sun. This is another release from the University of Florida in 1995, and a sibling to the Star blueberry. It does especially well in lighter, sandy soils with generous additions of organic matter. Delicious, large, sky-blue fruit ripens in early summer. White bell-shaped flowers and colorful fall foliage are added ornamental benefits. Southmoon blueberries are delicious, and exceptionally high in nutritious bioflavonoids. Peak season is May 20 - June 3.
Selected at the University of Georgia in 1996, Camellia has highly favorable attributes, especially fruit color, size, and plant vigor. Camellia is one of the newest varieties on our farm and we're very excited about its potential. Exceptionally large berry size with strong blue fruit color make this selection desirable for marketing. Ripening period is somewhat extended over time. This blueberry plant cross-pollinates nicely with the Star variety. Peak season is May 22 - June 5.
USDA release "Legacy" originated from Beltsville, Maryland in 1993. It is heat-tolerant and draught-tolerant, an amazingly hardy plant. They have a high yield, consistent from year to year. Legacy bears medium to large fruit with a very superior flavor and sweetness. It has been rated the highest for flavor, of all blueberries. The fresh market is recommended due to the high quality of the fruit flavor from this exceptional blueberry. Peak season is June 1 - June 15.
Another release from the NCSU breeding program, in 1979, the Premier is a Rabbiteye variety. Plants are productive, vigorous, and have an upright growth. Berries are medium to large size with good color, stem scar and flavor. The flavor is aromatic and tends toward the sweet side. The uniformity of size makes it one of our best mid-season process berries. Premiere blueberries are ideal for almost any application, fresh or frozen. Peak season is June 10 - June 24.
Brightwell is named after the esteemed blueberry developer, Dr. James Brightwell of the Tifton, Georgia research station. Berries are medium to large size, with small dry stem scars, and good color, firmness and flavor. Blueberries will ripen in a short period. Leaves can be vulnerable to blight, but the plants are generally hardy and vigorous. Berries of Brightwell detach from the stem very easily, making it highly amenable to machine harvesting. The Brightwell blueberry is grown throughout all the warm climate regions of the world. Peak season is June 24 - July 8.
Columbus is one of the newest Rabbiteye releases from the NCSU breeding program. This variant is very productive and vigorous, with semi-upright to upright growth. Berries are large to extra-large with excellent color and average picking scar. Berry firmness is about the same as Premier. Columbus has MONSTER berry size. Berries are resistant to rain-related cracking and have a good shelf life. Texture is juicier than average, while flavor is more sweet than tangy. Peak season is June 26 - July 10.
Yet another NSCU release from 1979, this Rabbiteye blueberry is commonly used in commercial production. Known for sweetness, Powderblue blueberries are favored for making jams, jellies, and other desserts. Berries are medium size with a very light blue color, small dry stem scars, and above average firmness and flavor. Fruit is less susceptible to cracking. Suggested pollinizers include Brightwell & Columbus. Powderblue berries develop a deeper-than-usual powdery surface shortly after ripening, hence the name. This natural powdery coating acts as a sunscreen for all blueberries, and is called "Bloom" by industry insiders. Peak season is July 4 - July 18.