Cultivar Information

Flower type = Self-fertile
Berry color = Red/Black
Year introduced = 1959   
Variety protection = Unpatented


'Magoon' was released in 1959 by N. Loomis of the U.S.D.A. 'Magoon' was selected from the cross 'Thomas' x 'Burgaw' because of its potential as a good quality pollenizer for vineyards in the southern muscadine region.


'Magoon' is an older cultivar that has now been eclipsed by more modern cultivars. At the time of its release, there weren't any self-fertile cultivars with a large berry size, and even female vines had relatively small berries.

Flavor of this cultivar, as with other cultivars from this breeding program like 'Loomis', is strongly muscadine and good. However, the skin is quite tough, and berry size is medium to small.

The quality attributes of this cultivar are not good enough for planting in modern vineyards, but it might be an okay home vine.



Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

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