‘Echo’ (PI 682654, CVAC 2262) is a new ornamental blueberry (Vaccinium hybrid) that is targeted toward the home gardener and ornamental landscape trade. It is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) breeding program in Corvallis, OR, and was released in cooperation with Oregon State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station. ‘Echo’ is the second strongly repeat fruiting (remontant, off-season, perpetual flowering) blueberry developed from a northern-adapted germplasm; its parent ‘Perpetua’ (U.S. Plant Patent 24,209) was the first (Finn et al., et al., 2015). When grown in Oregon, this hybrid flowers in April, along with other blueberry cultivars, ripens a crop of small fruit in late June and early July, and then begins flowering on new growth in mid to late July and August. This second crop is heavier than the first, begins to ripen in late August, and continues to ripen until the weather is too cold. The plants are compact and have lustrous dark green foliage. The name ‘Echo’ reflects the repeat flowering of this genotype. ‘Echo’ is patented (U.S. Plant Patent 29,787).
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