Suggested Berry Varieties for Ontario

Reviewed by Ontario Coordinated Berry Crops Variety Trials Committee

Many factors go into decisions about what varieties to plant. All varieties have strengths and weaknesses, which make them more or less suitable for certain sites. Before choosing a variety consider location, soil type and intended market.

Each year a team of researchers, growers, OBGA representatives and OMAFRA specialists, meet to discuss performance of berry varieties in Ontario and to suggest varieties which might be suitable for trial. We use the following definitions to group varieties as suited for general planting, limited or regional planting, or something to try on a small scale.

General Planting

Well-known varieties of proven performance and market value. Grow well in most locations but not necessarily the best variety for all locations.

Limited/Regional Planting

These varieties have value but should be limited in extent of planting. Some may have proven valuable in trial plantings and warrant further commercial experience. Others may be adapted to a specific region or be useful only for selected markets.

Trial Planting

These are promising, newer varieties which require further testing to establish their commercial value.

Species

General Planting

Limited/Regional
Planting

Trial Planting
Blackberry     Chester Thornless
Illini Hardy
Triple Crown
Blueberry Bluecrop
Duke
Bluejay
Blueray
Elliot
Jersey
Patriot
Aurora
Bluegold
Draper
Huron
Liberty
Northblue
Currant, Black   Ben Alder
Ben Sarek
Titania
 
Currant, Red Red Lake   Rovada
Gooseberry
  Invicta
Hinomakki Red
Raspberry, Black   Jewel  
Raspberry, Fall bearing 
Autumn Britten
Polana
 
 
Heritage**
Polka
Anne (yellow-fruited)
Caroline**
Joan J
Josephine
Himbo Top
Raspberry, Red Summer bearing Boyne Killarney
Nova
Prelude
Reveille
Royalty (red-purple)
Titan*
Chemainus**
Cowichan**
Encore
Glen Ample
Tulameen***
Strawberry, June bearing

For pick-your-own and retail markets


Annapolis
Jewel

For pick-your-own


Cavendish
Kent
Brunswick
Cabot
Governor Simcoe
Mira
Mohawk
Sable
Sapphire
Wendy

Donna
L'Amour
Laurel
Record
St. Pierre
St. Laurent
Summer Dawn
Summer Rose
Summer Ruby
Valley Sunset

 

Strawberry
day-neutral
Seascape Albion Portola
San Andreas

*Extremely susceptible to Phytophthora root rot and/or crown gall. Should only be grown from tissue-cultured plants on raised beds.
**Southwestern regions only

*** greenhouse production only

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For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Pam Fisher - Berry Crop Specialist/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 01 April 2003
Last Reviewed: 16 October 2012