‘Gumbo’ (patent applied for) is a new southern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium spp. hybrid) cultivar developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and is jointly released with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. The new cultivar has several advantageous attributes for blueberry growers in the southeastern United States and other subtropical regions with more temperate winters. Among these is an earlier ripening period (10–14 d) than the earliest ripening rabbiteye blueberry cultivars, the predominant blueberry type grown along the U.S. Gulf Coast. In comparison with other southern highbush cultivars with similar chill-hour adaptation to this region, ‘Gumbo’ has consistently displayed high plant vigor, good yield potential, and high fruit quality. ‘Gumbo’ is expected to provide growers along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and other areas of moderate winter chilling where blueberries are grown, enhanced opportunities to compete in the local early fresh-berry market.
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