APF-238T blackberry variety

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Medium-sized berries with sweet flavor, produced on very healthy plants with erect, thornless canes, that are primocane-fruiting

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of APF-27 x APF-77 (Black Magic)

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 6 g


Berries have a rounded shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - primocane-fruiting (everbearing)

Flowering on floricanes starts in the

Flowering on floricanes starts in the third week of April

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - first week of June

Blooming on primocanes starts in the

Blooming on primocanes starts in the second week of June

Ripening date (remontant) -

Ripening date (remontant) - second week of July

Productivity is

Productivity is 3 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 12.8%


Acidity - 0.113%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is good

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States


Patent US PP33,329 P2 dated August 10, 2021

Current status

Current status - technical (unavailable)

The new cultivar APF-238T, which doesn't have name yet, is thornless two-season harvesting blackberry from the University of Arkansas.
Plants have moderate vigor, primocanes and floricanes have erect stems without barbs. Size is medium - up to 140 cm in height and up to 100 cm in width when using proper tipping. Canes are not thick, diameter at the basal is 1.25 cm on floricanes and 1.45 cm on primocanes. Anthocyanin coloration mildly present on floricanes and primocanes with color most prevalent on sun-exposed canes. Plants usually give 4-5 new primocanes per year. Leaves on primocanes are large, palmate in shape with five leaflets. On floricanes leaves are medium in size with three leaflets. Color of leaves is yellow-green.
Date of bloom on second-year canes is the middle of April. Flowers are big, up to 50 mm in diameter, have five white-colored petals. Date of bloom on primocanes is the second week of June. Flowers are larger than that on floricanes, up to 60 mm in diameter, also are white in color.
On floricanes berries typically ripen in the first week of June. Fruit have medium size and about 6 g in weight. Average first ripe date of fruit on primocanes is second week of July, average fruiting period is 40 days and can extend longer. Berries are medium, about 6 g each, up to 20 mm in diameter. Shape is round, drupelets are large, color is black-purple. Fruit on primocanes and floricanes are uniformed. Fruit yields of this cultivar on floricanes are on average 2.1 kg, lower than that of APF-45. Primocane's yield is unknown, probably is comparable to or exceeing that of Ark. 45. Fruit firmness and postharvest potential also is lower than that of Prime-Ark 45. The fresh fruit rates very well in flavor and is a noteworthy attribute of the cultivar and is comparable to or exceeing that of APF-45. The flavor is sweet and low acid with desirable aromatics.
The primary tendency of APF-238T is commercial use for local-market production and home garden.
Plants and fruit are resistant to anthracnose, shown no evidence of susceptibility to orange rust. Low susceptibility to cane and leaf rust. APF-238T is hardy to minus 17 C.

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