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Journal of the American Pomological Society
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American Pomological Society

Volume 68 Number 3 Article 6 Pages: 163-170
Year 2014 Month 7
Title: 'Black Magic' TM (APF-77) Primocane-Fruiting Blackberry
Authors: John R. Clark, Kathy Demchak, Chad E. Finn, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, and Sheri B. Crabtree
'Black Magic'TM (US plant patented as ‘APF-77’), is a thorny (botanically spiny), primocane-fruiting blackberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus Watson) intended for use primarily as a home garden or local-market plant. This unique type of blackberry bears fruit on currentseason canes (primocanes) and second-season canes (floricanes), potentially providing for crops in the traditional summer season and an additional late-summer to fall season. This new introduction produces large berries with good flavor, has good productivity compared to some prior primocane-fruiting releases, and exhibits some flower and fruit set heat tolerance on the primocanes compared to other primocane-fruiting genotypes in the Arkansas breeding program. It does not have good postharvest storage potential however, and it is not recommended for the wholesale fresh market.

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