‘Perpetua’ (U.S. Plant Patent 24,209, PI 674714) is a new ornamental blueberry (Vaccinium hybrid) targeted for the home gardener and landscape ornamental trade from the U.S. Department of Agriculture—Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) breeding program in Corvallis, OR, released in cooperation with Oregon State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station (Finn, 2014). ‘Perpetua’ is the first strongly repeat fruiting (remontant, off-season, perpetual flowering) blueberry developed from northern adapted germplasm. In Oregon, the cultivar flowers in April with other blueberry cultivars, ripens a crop of small fruit in late June, and then begins flowering on new growth in July–August with a second crop in August–September. The plants are compact with lustrous dark green foliage. The name ‘Perpetua’ honors Cape Perpetua along Oregon’s Pacific coast and the cultivar’s appearance of perpetual flowering and fruiting.
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