Southern highbush blueberries (interspecific hybrids containing mostly Vaccinium corymbosum L.) continue to gain a significant share of the production acreage of commercial blueberries in Georgia. A major reason for the interest in the species has been that berries ripen during the months of April and May instead of June like most of the rabbiteye (Vaccinium ashei Reade) grown in the state. Recent, University of Georgia (UGA) cultivars Rebel (USPP 18138), Suziblue (USPP 21167), and Georgia Dawn™ (USPP 24696) were released for the early market window (NeSmith, 2008, 2010, 2014). However, there is a bit of a production gap between these earlier southern highbush and the rabbiteye cultivars. In 2007, ‘Camellia’ (USPP 18151) was released as a later-season southern highbush (NeSmith and Draper, 2007), and it has gained considerable interest to fill the production gap; but, additional late-season southern highbush blueberry cultivars are desired.
‘TH-917’ (USPPAF) southern highbush blueberry Miss Jackie™ has been released by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences along with the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station as a later-season southern highbush. The new cultivar has good yield, along with good berry flavor, picking scar, and firmness. Miss Jackie™ flowers late also; therefore, frost/freeze protection measures are not typically necessary to achieve successful production as is often required for earlier flowering southern highbush cultivars.