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Small Fruit Varieties for Iowa

This article was published originally on 4/1/1992
Home gardeners can successfully grow many small fruits in Iowa. A key to successful fruit growing is to select varieties (cultivars) adapted to your area. Suggested small fruit varieties for home gardens in Iowa are listed below.
Strawberries
VarietyAdaptability to Iowa*Remarks
June-Bearing Varieties
EarliglowN,C,SMedium size berries, very good dessert and freezing quality, excellent early season variety.
HoneoyeN,C,SLarge berries, good dessert quality and very good freezing quality, high yielding variety, susceptible to root diseases.
KentN,C,SLarge berries, very good dessert quality and good freezing quality, very cold hardy.
JewelN,C,SLarge, bright red berries, very good dessert and freezing quality, susceptible to root diseases.
SurecropN,C,SMedium size berries, good dessert and freezing quality, very dependable.
RedchiefN,C,SBears large cone-shaped berries, good dessert quality and very good freezing quality, disease resistant.
AllstarN,C,SVery large berries, very good dessert and freezing quality, highly disease resistant.
LateglowN,C,SLarge berries, very good dessert and freezing quality, excellent late season variety.
Everbearing/Day-Neutral Varieties
TributeN,C,SMedium to large berries, very good dessert quality and good freezing quality; day-neutral variety.
TristarN,C,SMedium size berries, very good dessert quality and good freezing quality, better flavor than Tribute; day-neutral variety.
*Best adapted to northern (N), central (C), or southern (S) Iowa.
Raspberries
VarietyAdaptability to Iowa*Remarks
Summer Red Raspberries
BoyneN,C,SMedium size berries, plants are very productive and extremely hardy.
LibertyN,C,SMedium size berries, fruit don't shatter, plants don't sucker as freely as some reds; an Iowa State University introduction.
LathamN,C,SMedium to large berries, plants are extremely vigorous and sucker freely.
Fall Red Raspberries
HeritageN,C,SMedium size berries are firm and attractive, very vigorous plants.
RedwingN,C,SFruit are slightly smaller than Heritage, but mature 1-2 weeks earlier, especially adapted to northern Iowa; developed by the University of Minnesota.
Purple Raspberries
BrandywineN,C,SLarge size berries, but flavor is not as good as Royalty.
RoyaltyN,C,SLarge size berries are much sweeter than Brandywine.
Black Raspberries
Black HawkC,SMedium size berries, plants are high yielding, one of the hardiest black raspberries; an Iowa State introduction.
BristolC,SBerries are medium size, firm with good flavor.
LoganC,SBerries are medium size and of good quality.
*Best adapted to northern (N), central (C), or southern (S) Iowa.
Grapes
VarietyAdaptability to Iowa*Remarks
American Types
Van BurenN,C,SBlue/black early season variety; table, wine.
BuffaloN,C,SBlue/black early to midseason variety; table, juice, jam/jelly.
PriceN,C,SBlue/black early to midseason variety; table, juice, jam/jelly.
FredoniaN,C,SBlue/black midseason variety; table, juice, jam/jelly.
BathN,C,SBlue/black midseason variety; table.
SteubenN,C,SBlue/black midseason variety; table, wine.
DelawareN,C,SRed midseason variety; wine.
NiagaraC,SWhite late season variety; juice, jam/jelly, wine, table.
ConcordC,SBlue/black late season variety; juice, jam/jelly, wine, table.
CatawbaC,SRed late season variety; wine, juice, jam/jelly.
Table Grape Types
RelianceC,SRed early season seedless variety.
EdelweissN,C,SWhite early season seeded variety.
Swenson RedN,C,SRed early season seeded variety.
VanessaC,SRed midseason seedless variety.
French Hybrids
FochC,SBlue/black early season wine grape.
Leon MillotC,SBlue/black early season wine grape.
AuroreC,SWhite early season wine grape.
Seyval BlancC,SWhite early to midseason wine grape.
Baco NoirC,SBlue/black early to midseason wine grape.
de ChaunacC,SBlue/black midseason wine grape.
*Best adapted to northern (N), central (C), or southern (S) Iowa.
Blueberries
VarietyAdaptability to Iowa*Remarks
BluettaC,SEarly season variety, medium size berries.
CollinsC,SEarly season variety, medium size berries.
BluerayC,SMidseason variety, medium to large berries, very productive.
JerseyC,SMidseason variety, small to medium berries, very hardy.
PatriotC,SMidseason variety, medium to large berries, consistently produces high yields.
NorthblueN,C,SMidseason variety, medium size berries, half-high type plant; introduced by the University of Minnesota.
CovilleC,SLate season variety, large berries.
ElliotC,SLate season variety, medium to large berries.
*Best adapted to northern (N), central (C), or southern (S) Iowa.
Blackberries
VarietyAdaptability to Iowa*Remarks
DarrowC,SErect-type variety, for many years has been best cold hardy variety available; very thorny.
Illini HardyC,SErect-type variety, very thorny; new release introduced by the University of Illinois.
*Best adapted to northern (N), central (C), or southern (S) Iowa.
Gooseberries
VarietyAdaptability to Iowa*Remark
WelcomeN,C,SLight green berries turn pinkish red when fully ripe, plants are nearly thornless.
PixwellN,C,SBerries turn rosy pink when fully ripe, nearly thornless.
*Best adapted to northern (N), central (C), or southern (S) Iowa.
Currants
VarietyAdaptability to Iowa*Remarks
PerfectionN,C,SMedium to large berries turn bright red at maturity.
Red LakeN,C,SMost widely grown variety, the large berries turn bright red when mature, high yields.
WilderN,C,SRed-fruited variety, berries are slightly smaller than Red Lake but mature earlier.
*Best adapted to northern (N), central (C), or southern (S) Iowa.



This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1992 issue, pp. 1992 issue, pp. 40-43.

Year of Publication: 
1992
Issue: 
IC-463(6) -- April 1, 1992