Southern highbush blueberries (Vaccinium sp.) continue to increase in importance in Georgia and across the southern United States. Growers are interested in early ripening varieties and are especially keen to find southern highbush varieties with the possibility of machine harvesting for the fresh market. ‘Southern Splendour’ is a new southern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium hybrid) released by The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences along with The University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station. ‘Southern Splendour’ is an early-season blueberry, having highly desirable flavor and very good berry firmness along with a shortened fruit development period (time from flowering to ripening). The potential for machine harvesting the new variety exists as a result of its excellent berry firmness, concentrated ripening, and ease of fruit detachment from the plant. As a result of medium yields, however, ‘Southern Splendour’ may likely be a niche variety in which early ripening, highly flavorful fruit is desired or where needs for machine harvesting exist.
Ballington, J.R., Rooks, S.D. & Mainland, C.M. 1991 ‘Reveille’, a new southern highbush cultivar for mechanical harvesting for both fresh and processing market outlets 53 62 Brun C.A. Proc. 6th N. Am. Blueberry Res. Ext. Workers Conf. 10–12 July, 1990 Portland, OR