Maxine Thompson’s Haskap Varieties

In this blog, we list further details on Maxine Thompson’s five exciting new Haskap varieties. We hope to add to this list as we become more familiar with them in our trial beds. We expect these varieties will be well received in the warmer regions on the West Coast or growers wanting later fruiting varieties.

The harvest times listed below are for her orchard in Corvallis in Oregan state. The latitude is 45 degrees, the US garden zone is 8a and chilling hours are around 2,800. We have listed the seasonal data for Corvallis down below.

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Kawai (108-42)

Bush vigor – Very vigorous.

Bush growth habit – Upright-spreading. At g years, 6 ft. tall x 4.5 ft. wide

Bloom time –  April 9th, 50% anthesis (average of 4 years in Corvallis, OR)

Harvest time – June 7 (Average of 4 years in Corvallis, OR)

Berry shape – Blocky

Size – Medium-large (0.7 g weight)

Firmness – Medium firm

Attachment to peduncle – Medium. Some pre-harvest drop if harvest delayed

Taste – Mild and very good

Brix 15.0

Yields: Up to 10 lbs. on mature shrub

Keiko (22-26)

Bush vigor –  Very vigorous

Bush growth habit –  Upright-spreading. At 10 years 7 feet high and 5.5 ft. wide

Bloom time – April 13th, 50% anthesis (average of 4 years in Corvallis, OR)

Harvest time: June 17 (average of 4 years in Corvallis, OR)

Berry shape – Oval

Size – Medium-large (1.6 gm weight)

Firmness – Medium firm

Attachment to peduncle – Medium-strong, enough to prevent per-harvest drop

Taste – Tart/sweet

Brix 13.5

Yields: Up to 7.5 lbs on mature shrub and loose enough to pick without tearing berry flesh

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Chito (41-75)

Bush vigor – Very vigorous

Bush growth habit – Upright-spreading, somewhat more open than others. At 10 years, 7

Bloom time – April 13th, 50% anthesis (Average of 4 years in Corvallis ,OR)

Harvest time – June 12, (Average of 4 years in Corvallis, OR)

Berry shape –  Oval-ovate

Size – Large (1.9 g weight)

Firmness – Medium firm

Attachment to peduncle – Medium-strong enough to prevent pre-harvest drop and loose enough to pick fruit without tearing fresh

Taste – Tart/sweet

Brix 13.0

Yields: Up to 8.5 lbs on mature shrubs

Taka (91-95)

Bush vigor – Moderately vigorous

Bush growth habit – Upright, quite spreading. 5 ft tall x 5 ft.wide at 7 years

Bloom time – April 12, 50% anthesis (Average of 4 years in corvallis, OR)

Harvest time – June 16 (Average of 4 years in Corvallis, OR)

Berry shape – Cylindrical

Size – Medium-large ( 1.6 g)

Attachment to peduncle – Medium strong. Strong enough to prevent pre-
harvest drop and loose enough to pick berry without tearing flesh

Taste – Mild/almost sweet. BRIX 14.30

Brix –  14.3

Yields: Up to 4.1 lbs  on mature shrubs

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Tana (57-95)

Bush vigor – Moderately vigorous.

Growth habit – Upright-spreading. 4.7 ft tall x 3.5 ft wide at 6 years.

Bloom time: April 16th, 50% anthesis (Average of 4 years)

Harvest time: June 25 (Average of 4 years)

Berry shape: Oval

Size – Medium-large (1.0 g weight)

Firmness – Medium firm

Attachment to peduncle – medium. Strong enough to prevent pre-harvest drop and loose enough to pick berry without tearing fruit

Taste – tart/sweet

Brix 13.0

Yields – Up to 4.5 lbs on mature shrubs

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