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Fruit Varieties and Horticultural Digest
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American Pomological Society

Volume 8 Number 4 Article 6 Pages: 60-60
Year 1953 Month 12
Title: Dixieland, an Early Strawberry for Southern States
Author: APS
Dixieland is a new strawberry variety released in November, 1953 by the Bureau of Plant Industry and the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. It originated as a seedling from the cross Tennessee Shipper x Midland.

The ripening season of Dixieland is about the same as that of Blakemore, the berries averaging much larger than Blakemore and a deeper red color than the latter variety. The berries are very glossy and have a tough skin. They are about as firm as Albritton and firmer than Blakemore, and rather uniform in shape. The flavor is acid but good.

Dixieland is vigorous and productive, and the plants have not shown any yellow variegation. Yields have been better than those of most other varieties from Washington, D. C. to southern North Carolina and west to Missouri. At Beltsville, Maryland, Dixieland averaged 9672 quarts per acre compared with 5784 quarts for Blakemore. It rates high for freezing, giving a product of excellent color, texture and flavor.

The Dixieland has been tested from New Jersey to North Carolina and west to Arkansas, and is promising throughout this area. It is especially promising as an early variety to precede Albritton.

Plants are not available from either of the originating agencies but can be obtained from cooperating nurseries.


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