Duke

Duke blueberries are the leading early ripening Northern Highbush variety. It is known for its high yields of uniform sized, quality fruit. Duke’s mild flavor seems to improve with cold storage. Maintaining the plant vigor of Duke blueberries can be a challenge over a long period of time. Growers must choose a quality growing site and continually employ good cultural practices. The Duke blueberry is one of the leading candidates for mechanical harvest, fresh and process sales.

  • RIPENING SEASON: Very Early
  • BUSH HABIT: Stocky, Upright
  • FRUIT QUALITIES: Light Blue, Firm, Mild Flavor
  • HARVESTING: Handpicking
  • PRIMARY USE: Fresh, Processed

Clockwork

Exclusive to Fall Creek Genetics™, Clockwork blueberries are a mid-season selection released primarily for machine harvest, highquality, processed markets. Clockwork blueberries have an upright growth habit, narrow crown, and a highly concentrated ripening period. The berries are medium sized, have intense flavor, aroma, and high brix. As a new introduction into the commercial marketplace with true potential for a single pick harvest, we highly recommend the Clockwork blueberry for commercial plantings in the Pacific Northwest and similar areas throughout the U.S.

  • RIPENING SEASON: Mid-season
  • BUSH HABIT: Narrow Crown, Upright
  • FRUIT QUALITIES: Medium Blue, Firm, Intense Berry Flavor
  • HARVESTING: Suitable for machine harvest
  • PRIMARY USE: Processed

Draper

Draper blueberries remain a standout variety in mid and high chill regions throughout the Western US. Draper blueberries have a compact habit, ripens early to mid-season, is highly productive as a young plant, and has outstanding quality fruit. The Draper blueberry has exceptionally firm berries and concentrated ripening periods. The berries have excellent post-harvest color retention and superior shelf life. It is extremely fast to hand-pick and also has potential to be harvested by machine. After several years in the marketplace, Draper fruit continues to be a leading choice for both fresh and IQF markets.

  • RIPENING SEASON: Mid-season
  • BUSH HABIT: Rounded, Stocky
  • FRUIT QUALITIES: Light Blue, Firm, Crisp, Sweet Flavor
  • HARVESTING: Hand-pick, potential for machine harvest
  • PRIMARY USE: Fresh, Processed

Valor™ ‘ZF08-070’

The Valor® ZF08-070 blueberry, from Fall Creek Genetics™, is very grower-friendly. Valor ZF08-070 blueberries are a standout for cold hardiness, fruit sizing, ease of picking and yield. Flavor and firmness are more comparable to Legacy than Draper. The ZF08-070 blueberry could fill a strong need for a cold-hardier, multipurpose variety in the PNW.

  • RIPENING SEASON: Mid/Late
  • BUSH HABIT: Upright, Vigorous
  • FRUIT QUALITIES: Uniform Fruit, Medium Firmness, Tart Initially But Very Sweet When Fully Ripe
  • HARVESTING: Handpicking
  • PRIMARY USE: Fresh, Processed

Liberty

Liberty blueberries are a late season, fast growing, upright bush and has performed well in Oregon and Western Washington. Harvest begins 7-10 days before Elliott. Liberty blueberries are slightly flat, sky-blue in color, and have a balanced appealing flavor. High temperatures during harvest of the Liberty blueberry can result in soft fruit. Berries detach extremely easily making proper operation of mechanical harvesters important.

  • RIPENING SEASON: Late
  • BUSH HABIT: Open, Upright, Vigorous
  • FRUIT QUALITIES: Light Blue, Balanced Flavor
  • HARVESTING: Handpicking
  • PRIMARY USE: Fresh, Processed

Last Call

Exclusive to Fall Creek Genetics™, Last Call blueberries are a very late season Northern Highbush that ripens in the same window as Aurora and Elliott. The vigorous, upright Last Call blueberry bush produces high yields of large berries with a classic sweet and slightly aromatic blueberry flavor. Although primary use is for commercial fresh production, we also recommended the Last Call blueberry for processed or local market growers wanting to extend their harvest season.

  • RIPENING SEASON: Very Late
  • BUSH HABIT: Upright, Vigorous
  • FRUIT QUALITIES: Light Blue, “Classic” Blueberry Flavor
  • HARVESTING: Handpicking
  • PRIMARY USE: Fresh, Processed

Aurora

Aurora blueberries are one of the latest ripening Highbush varieties. Berries are on average about 25% larger than Elliott with a slightly darker color. Aurora blueberries are often more resistant to cracking and shriveling than Elliott and as a result, it can be allowed to hang longer, and develop better flavor. We recommend the Aurora blueberry for growers where a cold hardy, hand harvest berry is desired to extend the fresh market season.

  • RIPENING SEASON: Very Late
  • BUSH HABIT: Rounded, Spreading, Vigorous
  • FRUIT QUALITIES: Medium Blue, Firm, Tart
  • HARVESTING: Handpicking
  • PRIMARY USE: Fresh