Contact: Michael W. Neff
American Society for Horticultural Science
New blackberry introduced
'Natchez' thornless blackberry shows good potential for commercial shipping and home gardens
FAYETTEVILLE, AR—Introducing 'Natchez', the
twelfth release in a series of erect-growing, high-quality, productive,
floricane-fruiting blackberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus Watson)
cultivars developed by the University of Arkansas.
Clark and James N. Moore of the Department of Horticulture at the
University of Arkansas introduced 'Natchez' in the October 2008 issue
of the American Society of Horticultural Science's journal
According to Clark, the new blackberry is a result of a cross of Ark.
2005 and Ark. 1857 made in 1998. The original plant was selected in
2001 from a seedling field at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research
Station in Clarksville, and tested as selection Ark. 2241.
produces large fruit, near 9 grams on average in research trials. Fruit
of 'Natchez' are elongated, somewhat blocky, and very attractive with
an exceptional glossy, black finish.
postharvest performance of 'Arapaho' in most years. This is noteworthy,
explain the researchers, because the comparison cultivars are
considered to have exceptional shelf life. 'Natchez' is recommended for
commercial shipping production, and is targeted as a replacement for
the early season 'Arapaho'.
Outstanding characteristics of
'Natchez' include early fruit-ripening date, high fruit quality,
consistent high yields, large fruit size, and excellent postharvest
fruit-handling potential. Superior plant characteristics include
thornless, erect to semierect canes and good vigor and health.
'Natchez' also shows good potential for home garden use.
is expected to perform well in areas where 'Apache', 'Arapaho',
'Ouachita', or 'Navaho' are adapted, including all areas of the South
and into the Midwest, in addition to the West and Pacific Northwest.
An application for a U.S. plant patent has been filed for 'Natchez'.
The complete study and abstract are available on the ASHS
HortSciencehttp://hortsci.ashspublications.org/cgi/content/full/43/6/1897 electronic journal web site:
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