Grape & Berry Varieties

Blackberry- Plant on 2 ft. spacing.  Domesticated varieties.  Fruit is extra large and sweet.  Bears on two-year-old wood.  Harvest fruit continuously for 1 month.  Prune old canes after harvest for best productions and to promote hedge-type growth.  Low maintenance.  Does not require trellising.  Self-fertile.

Apache- Thornless.  Produces largest berry and highest yield of thornless varieties.  Very good flavor.  Ripens in June

Arapaho- Thornless.  Large, firm fruit with small seeds.  Good quality.  Erect, self-supporting canes.  Earliest ripening thornless variety.  Ripens early May.

Brazos- Very large attractive berries.  Fairly firm with good flavor, good quality.  Very vigorous and upright grower.  Very productive and disease resistant.  Ripen mid May.

Navaho- Thornless.  Erect thorn-free canes make picking a pleasure.  Good quality and production, although yields not as much as thorny varieties.  Ripens in June.

Blueberry- Plant two varieties for better pollination.  Plants require little care, except adequate moisture and well-drained, acid soil.  Brilliant fall color and intense green spring foliage make blueberries an attractive landscape shrub or hedge.  Plant on 6 ft. centers for bush planting or 4 ft. centers for hedge.

Becky Blue- Tall spreading growth.  Med to large light blue fruit with a sweet taste. Early ripening variety; late May – early June.

Brightwell- Tall and spreading growth.  Large, firm fruit with little to no picking scar.  Midseason variety ripens early-mid June.  One of the most popular varieties.

Climax- One of the earliest ripening varieties.  Upright growth.  Most of the berries ripen at one time.  Medium, dark blue fruit.  Recommended for home and commercial planting.  Good pollinating variety.  Beautiful fall color.  Harvest begins in late May-early June.

Premier- Popular for pick-your-own plantings and home orchards.  Early ripening, high yielder.  Vigorous plant.  Large, bright blue fruit of excellent quality.  Ripens mid June.

Tifblue- Most productive and widely planted variety.  Highly recommended for commercial or home use because of berry quality, appearance, and high yields.  Upright, vigorous plants.  Medium, light-blue berries maintain quality on bush.  Excellent choice for landscape plantings due to attractive fall color.  Ripens mid June.

Grape- Plant on 10 ft. spacing.  Must be trellised.  More susceptible to fruit disease than muscadines.  Requires little maintenance except for annual pruning.  Good for jellies, preserves, and wine.  Harvest in July.

Concord- Standard for bluish, black grapes.  Excellent distinctive flavor is good in jellies and juice.  Not as disease resistant or vigorous as varieties developed in South.  Ripens late September.

Mars- Deep-blue seedless fruit of medium to large size and good quality.  Flavor is good in fresh eating, jellies, and juice.  Very productive.  Mildew resistant.  Very cold hardy.

Niagara- (White Concord).  Very large light green fruit with tangy, but delicate flavor.  Excellent quality, good eating variety.  Not as disease resistant or vigorous as varieties developed in South.  Ripens late September.

Muscadines- Plant on 10 ft. spacing.  Varieties that are female must be planted near a self fertile variety for a pollinating variety.  Must be trellised.  Requires little maintenance except for annual pruning.  Very disease resistant.  Good for fresh eating, jellies, preserves, and wine.  Harvest in August.

Carlos- Self-fertile.  Vigorous vine, very heavy producing.  Medium, bronze fruit.  Used commercially for wine production.  Also excellent for fresh eating and jelly.  Ripens early to mid season.

Cowart- Self-fertile.  Very large black fruit of excellent quality and flavor, produced in large clusters.  Popular home variety.  Good yields.  Harvest early to mid season.

Scuppernong- Female, plant with self-fertile variety.  Medium-large bronze fruit.  Sweet with excellent and distinctive flavor.  Vigorous vines.  One of the oldest and best-known varieties.  Ripens early with good production.

Raspberry- Plant on 2 ft. spacing.  Self-fertile.  Trailing canes must be trellised.  Prune old canes after harvest for best production.

Dorman Red- Variety adaptive to growing in hot south.  Producer of large bright red berries.  Excellent eaten fresh or in baked goods, although berries are tart.  Ripens early June.

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