Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: July 30, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: `Latestar', a new Junebearing strawberry variety developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, was released for growers in the Mid-Atlantic and adjacent regions. The fruit of `Latestar' are attractive and firm, have a glossy-red skin and light red flesh color, and have a pleasant and mild fresh flavor. Its fruit ripen in the late Junebearing season. Plants of `Latestar' are vigorous, runner and produce daughter plants well, and are resistant to the red stele root rot disease, and to many leaf and fruit rot diseases common to the Mid-Atlantic area. `Latestar' plants can be grown in light or in heavy soils, in matted-rows, or in raised-bed culture. This attractive, large, and productive late-season shipping and local market variety with multiple fungus disease resistance should be especially useful for growers to extend the strawberry season where other late- season varieties have not been productive and where the red stele root rot disease is a problem with susceptible varieties
The `Latestar' Junebearing strawberry was introduced for propagation to American nurseries in April, 1995 by the United States Department of Agriculture. `Latestar' was selected for its high plant vigor and runnering and high yields of attractive and large fruit with firm and tough skin, glossy red skin color, light red flesh color, pleasant and mild, slightly acidic fresh flavor, and resistance to the red stele root rot disease (caused by the fungus Phytophthora fragariae). Plants of `Latestar' are resistant to most of the common leaf diseases and fruit rots encountered in the mid-Atlantic area, but susceptible to the leaf blight disease (caused by the fungus Phomopsis obscurans). `Latestar' produces well on either light or heavy soils, in matted-row or in raised-bed culture, planted in spring or summer, and usually flowers and ripens its fruits slightly later than do `Allstar', `Lateglow', or `Jewel'. `Latestar' is expected to be best adapted to the Middle Atlantic and adjacent regions, and is suggested for trial there as an attractive, large, and productive late-season shipping and local market cultivar with multiple fungus disease resistance. `Latestar' was named for its parents, `Lateglow' and `Allstar'.