‘Caddo’ (pronounced kad-oh) is the 14th release in a series of erect-growing, high-quality, productive floricane-fruiting blackberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus Watson) cultivars intended for the fresh market developed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Recent years have had increased focus on the improvement of flavor in blackberries in the Arkansas program, and ‘Caddo’ was developed with the intention of advancing flavor to a higher level in an additional thornless blackberry cultivar. ‘Caddo’ ripens mid-early season, near ‘Osage’ and slightly before ‘Ouachita’ (Clark, 2013; Clark and Moore, 2005), and just after ‘Natchez’ (Clark and Moore, 2008). ‘Caddo’ produces large berries, larger than that of ‘Osage’ and ‘Ouachita’. ‘Caddo’ has excellent postharvest quality for the shipping market in addition to local market use. It is expected that ‘Caddo’ will complement ‘Osage’ and ‘Ouachita’ in the mid-early to midseason harvest period.
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