Cultivar Information

Flower type = Female
Berry color = Black
Year introduced = 1970
Variety protection = Unpatented


'Jumbo' was released in 1970 by B. Fry of the University of Georgia. 'Jumbo' was selected from the cross 'Higgins' x Ga. 43-17. 'Jumbo' was selected for its large size and purple color.


'Jumbo' was released as a large sized black colored variety. The problem with 'Jumbo' is the poor berry quality due to thick skins, relatively low sugar content, and poor flavor.

I do not recommend planting 'Jumbo' because of this poor fruit quality, there are now several black varieties that are better choices.

Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Vine vigor Leaf disease Berry rot % Full crop Harvest period Ripening % Dry scar
Jumbo high slight slight 80% midseason even 30%
Fry medium slight slight 70% midseason even 30%
Supreme medium slight none 90% midseason uneven 60%