U.S. Patent PP19,233
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

  • Fruit Size: Large
  • Chill Requirement: 200-300 hours
  • Growth Habit: Semi-upright
  • First Harvest: Around April 20, near Gainesville, FL
  • Description:  ‘Scintilla’ has a vigorous and semi-upright in growth habit.  Its survival under field conditions is medium to good.  This survival implies acceptable levels of resistance to stem blight (Botryosphaeria dothidea) and root rot (Phytopthora cinnamomi), the principal pathogens that kill blueberries in Florida. The plant requires the standard commercial fungicide applications after harvest to retain leaves through autumn. The plant propagates readily from softwood cuttings and grows vigorously once established.  ‘Scintilla’ is partially self-incompatible and requires cross pollination for full fruit set.

    ‘Scintilla’ produces only a medium number of fruit, but these are very large. The plant flowers earlier than Star and Windsor, and freeze protection may needed as early as January 20. The plant produces new vegetative growth early enough in the season to fully support berry development.  Berry quality is high. The berry is large and has excellent color, scar, firmness and flavor. Berry clusters are loose and the berry can be harvested rapidly. Berries have been picked, packed, and shipped through a commercial packinghouse without problems.


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    License Availability:FFSP Has licensed the following entities for the ‘Scintilla’ blueberry cultivar outside of the USA

    Licensed Territory Licensee Type of License
    Argentina Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. Exclusive License
    Brazil Dole Berry Company Exclusive License
    Chile Dole Berry Company Exclusive License
    European Union Rusticas del Guavaquir SA Exclusive License
    Japan Ozeki Blueberry Nursery Co., Ltd. Exclusive License
    Mexico Dole Berry Company Exclusive License
    New Zealand Gourmet Blueberries, Ltd. Exclusive License
    Peru Hortifrut S.A. Exclusive License
    Republic of South Africa Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. Exclusive License
    Uruguay Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. Exclusive License