Climax: Rabbiteye Blueberry Variety



Climax blueberries.


An early-season variety for Mississippi.

  • Chilling requirement: 400 hours to 450 hours.
  • Ripening period: Ripens late May to early June in the southern growing region.
  • Bloom period: Blooms late February to early March in southern growing region. Blooms and small fruit may require frost protection to prevent injury from late spring freezes. Climax is a widely planted early maturing blueberry variety that has become a standard to which other varieties are compared.
  • Plant yield, vigor and growth habits: Plants are productive, upright and open.
  • Berry qualities: Berries are small to medium size with good color, flavor and small dry scars. Fruit firmness is excellent.
  • Harvest tehnique: Has concentrated ripening, may be harvested in two pickings. Excellent for mechanical harvesting for fresh market.
  • Drawbacks: Has a poor cropping history due late spring freeze damage and poor leafing. As a result, popularity is declining among many growers.
  • Breeding history: Released Jointly by the University of Georgia and United States Department of Agriculture-ARS in 1974; public release.


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