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Muscadine Grape Breeding Program: Cultivars

Southland

Southland grapes in box

Cultivar Information

Flower type = Self-fertile
Berry color = Black
Year introduced = 1967
Variety protection = Unpatented

Cultivar attributes in Tifton, Ga. trials

Cultivar

Vine vigor

Leaf disease

Berry rot

% Full crop

Harvest period

Ripening

% Dry scar

Southland

medium

none

Slight

90 %

late

even

100%

Fry

medium

slight

slight

70%

midseason

even

30%

Supreme

medium

slight

none

90%

midseason

uneven

60%

 

History

grapes in hand'Southland' was released in 1967 by N. Loomis of the U.S.D.A. 'Southland' was selected from a cross of 'Thomas' x seedling of 'Topsail'. 'Southland' was notable for its high sugar content and good productivity.

Comments

'Southland' is an older cultivar that is no longer commonly planted. 'Southland's' most notable attributes in this test were its dry stem scars and strong muscadine aroma. Flavor was very good when berries were fully ripe. Unfortunately, berry size is small to medium and skins are very tough. 'Southland' would be a good choice for a homeowner looking for a cultivar with very aromatic fruit with a strong muscadine flavor. Berry size and quality are not good enough for commercial vineyards.

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