Hedrick blackberry variety
Old thorny erect cultivar specially made for cultivation in New York state
Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Hedrick'
Originated from a cross of Eldorado x Brewer
Variety denomination - 'Hedrick'
Plants are thorny
Bushes have erect canes
Fruit weight is 5 g
Berries have a conical shape
Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)
Flowering on floricanes starts in the first week of June
Ripening date (regular) - fourth week of July
Cold hardiness is moderate
Heat tolerance is low
Country of origin - United States
Current status - obsolete or rarely used
Recommended replacement - Caddo
The plants are vigorous, productive, hardy, and bear the fruit out in the open where it is easily reached by the pickers.
Plants are tall, upright in style, productive, propagating by suckers and root cuttings. Thorns are numerous, medium in length and thickness, strong, mostly straight. Leaves have five large, long oval, abruptly pointed leaflets. Medium long, cylindrical berries are uniformly large, maintaining size well throughout the season. Drupelets of the Hedrick's berries are numerous with medium size, have glossy black color. Fruits are very juicy and have a soft core. The berries are large, moderately firm, glossy, and attractive. The flavor is pleasantly acid and the quality is good.
Hedrick plants has low resistance to Orange rust.
Useful Growing Guides:
Berry Soil and Nutrient Management – A Guide for Educators and Growers. M. Pritts, C. Heidenreich, L. McDermott, and J. Miller; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries. AJ Both, Kathy Demchak, Eric Hanson, Cathy Heidenreich, Greg Loeb, Laura McDermott, Marvin Pritts, and Courtney Weber; Cornell Cooperative Extension
Raspberry and Blackberry Production Guide. L. Bushway, M. Pritts, D. Handley; Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service Cooperative Extension, Ithaca