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Research Project: Genetic Improvement and Virus Management of Small Fruit Crops

Location: Horticultural Crops Research

Title: ‘Columbia Giant’ thornless trailing blackberry

Author
item Finn, Chad
item STRIK, BERNADINE - Oregon State University
item YORGEY, BRIAN - Oregon State University
item Peterson, Mary
item JONES, PATRICK - Oregon State University
item Lee, Jungmin
item Martin, Robert

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/5/2017
Publication Date: 2/1/2018
Citation: Finn, C.E., Strik, B.C., Yorgey, B.M., Peterson, M.E., Jones, P.A., Lee, J., Martin, R.R. 2018. ‘Columbia Giant’ thornless trailing blackberry. HortScience. 53(2):251–255. https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI12671-17.

Interpretive Summary: ‘Columbia Giant’ is fun! It is a new thornless, very large fruited (over 2 inches long!), trailing blackberry cultivar from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) breeding program in Corvallis, OR, released in cooperation with Oregon State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station. In addition to its size, ‘Columbia Giant’ is a high quality, high yielding, thornless trailing blackberry with firm, good, but tart, flavored fruit that are suited for local fresh market sales but can be machine harvested for the processing market with very good frozen quality. ‘Columbia Giant’ should be adapted to areas where other trailing blackberries can be grown successfully. A U.S. Plant Patent application has been submitted.

Technical Abstract: ‘Columbia Giant’ is a new thornless, very large fruited, trailing blackberry (Rubus subg. Rubus Watson) cultivar from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) breeding program in Corvallis, OR, released in cooperation with Oregon State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station. ‘Columbia Giant’ is introduced as a very large fruited, high quality, high yielding, thornless trailing blackberry with firm, good, but tart, flavored fruit that are suited for local fresh market sales but can be machine harvested for the processing market with very good frozen quality. ‘Columbia Giant’ should be adapted to areas where other trailing blackberries can be grown successfully. A U.S. Plant Patent application has been submitted (US 14/756,637).