A-2491T blackberry variety

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Early-season ripening large berries with very good sub-acid fruit flavor, high fruit quality with excellent postharvest potential and permanent high yields

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of APF-46 x Natchez

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 9 g


Berries have a conical shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Begins to bloom in the

Begins to bloom in the fourth week of April

Harvest season starts in the

Harvest season starts in the second week of June

Productivity is

Productivity is 6 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 9.2%


Acidity - 0.089%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is good

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States


Patent US PP33,140 P2 dated June 07, 2021

Current status

Current status - technical (unavailable)

This new floricane-fruiting cultivar has thornless canes, larger fruit and higher yields compared to its female parent APF-46. A-2491T is lower in fruit acidity and smaller in fruit size than its male parent Natchez. Plants of the A-2491T are vigorous and prolific and row establishment following planting is rapid. Primocanes and floricanes are erect. The canes can be trained to a self-supporting hedgerow although it is in beneficial to use a trellis with supporting wires to prevent canes from falling over due to wind or heavy fruit loads.
The bloom period of the A-2491T cultivar begins at the end of April, very near that of APF-45 (Prime-Ark 45), Osage and Ouachita. Fruit of the new cultivar has an average first harvest date of second week of June and was very near that of Natchez and APF-45, little earlier than Osage and Ouachita. The average fruiting period is long, about 50 days. Fruit yields of the new cultivar on floricanes are on average 6 kg.
The fruits are long conical in shape, glossy with a uniform black finish. The primary floricane berries are large (avg. 9 g), next berries are lower (avg. 6 g). The overall postharvest storage potential of fresh fruit of the new cultivar is greater than that of Natchez (red drupelet reversion is substantially less). The fresh fruit rates very well in flavor and is a noteworthy attribute of the cultivar and is comparable to or exceeding that of Natchez. A primary fruit characteristic of A-2491T is reduced acidity. The flavor is sweet and sub-acid with desirable aromatics.
Plants and fruit are resistant to anthracnose and plants have shown no evidence of susceptibility to orange rust. Bushes are hardy to minus 17 C.
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