Brightwell: Rabbiteye Blueberry Variety



Brightwell blueberries.


An early-season variety for Mississippi.

  • Chilling requirement: 350 hours to 400 hours.
  • Ripening period: Ripens early June to early July in Southern Mississippi.
  • Plant yield, vigor and growth habits: Plants are productive, vigorous, and upright.
  • Berry quality: Berries are medium to large size, small dry stem scars, and good color, firmness and flavor.
  • Plant pathogen suscepitibility: Mature fruit are susceptible to physiological splitting under wet conditions.
  • Drawbacks: Ripens over a short period. Brightwell is subject to over-cropping and return bloom reduced if the bushes are not given good post harvest care and management. Septoria and Gleosporium leaf spot diseases can be a problem on some sites and postharvest fungicide applications may be necessary to aid in leaf retention.
  • Breeding history: Jointly released by the University of Georgia and the United States Department of Agriculture-ARS in 1983; public release.


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