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United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
Washington, D.C. 20250
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903

Notice of Release of
Highbush Blueberry

Legacy blueberry cluster

The Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station hereby release to nurserymen for propagation a new highbush blueberry cultivar named LEGACY. LEGACY, tested as G-290, came from a cross of 'Elizabeth' x US 75 (Vaccinium darrowii, 'Florida 4B', x 'Bluecrop') made at Beltsville, Maryland by A.D. Draper. LEGACY was selected in 1976 on the farm of the Atlantic Blueberry Company, Weymouth, New Jersey by A.D. Draper and G. Jelenkovic and was further evaluated by N. Vorsa and M. Ehlenfeldt. Because LEGACY is V. darrowi, a low-chilling species native to the southeast US, it is recommended for trial as a late midseason cultivar, ripening after 'Bluecrop', in warmer areas where high-chilling highbush blueberries are grown successfully. It is specifically recommended for trial in south New Jersey, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas. In south New Jersey, late spring freezes reduced yields of LEGACY in 1984 and 1992.

Plants of LEGACY are vigorous, grow upright and are productive. Its berries are of medium size and firm, but are superior in scar and flavor. The outstanding characteristics of LEGACY are good yields of high-quality fruit ripening in late midseason. A limited supply of rooted cuttings of LEGACY is available for purchase from a cooperating propagator. Plants may be obtained by sending orders to Mark Ehlenfeldt, Blueberry and Cranberry Research Center, Penn State Forest Road, HC01 Box 33, Chatsworth, NJ 08019, by January 15, 1994. If the demand for plants exceeds the supply, orders will be prorated. Neither the U.S. Department of Agriculture nor the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station has plants for distribution.

W. H. Tallent,                                                                    November 17, 1993
(for Administrator) Agricultural Research Service
W.R. Sharp,                                                                       November 3, 1993
Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

For more information about this blueberry please contact Dr. Mark Ehlenfeldt

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