Origin: North Carolina State University
- Southern high-bush type cultivar. Involved are three different Vaccinium species from the southern U.S. V. ashei, V. darrowi, and V. tenellum; in addition from the northern U.S. V. corymbosum and V. angustifolium.
- Standard height 6 to 7 feet.
- Ripening time is early. Most years it ripens earlier than O’Neal.
- Yield is moderate but consistent yearly.
- Quality of fruit is good and the fruit color is a beautiful powder blue. Picking scar is small which lends itself to good post harvest shelf life.
- The bush adapts well to mechanical harvesting; this is the main reason for its release. Fruits of this cultivar mechanically harvested have been superior to hand harvested fruit of other North Carolina cultivars.
- Plants are narrow and upright in growth habit. The plants are vigorous and adapt well to most soil types.
- Plants have shown some resistance to stem canker, stem blight and mummy berry.
- Bloom time is early so frost protection is recommended. Hardiness Zones 8b-7b.
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