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Summer Sunset: A new ornamental blueberry variety

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‘Summer Sunset’ is a new blueberry hybrid (Vaccinium sp.) jointly released by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station, and the United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service for the ornamental and homeowner market. The primary features of ‘Summer Sunset’ are the production of an abundance of multi-colored berries as fruit ripens and non-glaucous foliage, which makes it an attractive plant for ornamental purposes that will also produce edible fruit. The new variety has shown very good plant vigor and a reasonable crop load. Berry size has been similar to ‘Climax’, but smaller than ‘Premier’. The new variety ripens around the time as early-ripening commercial rabbiteye blueberry (V. ashei Reade) varieties generally available to home gardeners in the Southeast through retail nursery outlets.
D. Scott NeSmith , Mark Ehlenfeldt
Agricultural Research Service , Vaccinium , agricultural colleges , colored varieties , gardeners , hybrids , leaves , markets , new variety , ornamental plants , ripening , small fruits , vigor , Georgia
Hortscience 2011 v.46 no.11
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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