Alapaha: Rabbiteye Blueberry Variety


Alapaha blueberries

Alapha is an early season
Rabbiteye blueberry.


An early-season variety for Mississippi.

  • Chilling requirement: 450 hours to 550 hours.
  • Bloom time: Blooms seven to 10 days after Climax. Blooms late February – early March in the southern growing region.
  • Ripening period: Ripens late May to early June, about the same time as Climax, in Southern Mississippi.
  • Plant yield, vigor and growth habits: Plants are productive, vigorous and upright with narrow crowns.
  • Berry quailties: Berries are medium size and have good color, firmness, flavor and small dry scars.
  • Drawbacks: Fruit size has been smaller than expected under some conditions.
  • Variety replacement possibility: Alapaha is considered to be a potential replacement for Climax.
  • Breeding history: Released jointly by the University of Georgia and the United States Deparment of Agriculture-ARS in 2001; patented.


Braswell, John. Establishment and Maintenance of Blueberries. 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2010.