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Denomination: 'Waimea'
Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus
Applicant/Holder: The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd.
120 Mt. Albert Road
Mt. Albert
New Zealand
Breeder: The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited, Auckland, New Zealand
Agent in Canada: Smart & Biggar LLP
P.O. Box 2999, Station D
900-55 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5Y6
Tel: 613-232-2486
Application Date: 2003-08-25
Application Number: 03-3824
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-07-20
Certificate Number: 3894
Date rights revoked: 2015-07-20

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Tulameen' and 'Meeker'

Summary: The plants of 'Waimea' have few current season's canes whereas 'Meeker' has medium to many. The intensity of anthocyanin colouration during rapid growth on the very young shoots of 'Waimea' is absent to very weak whereas it is medium on 'Tulameen'. The dormant canes of 'Waimea' are shorter than those of both reference varieties. 'Waimea' has no spines whereas they are present on both reference varieties. The terminal leaflets of 'Waimea' are narrower than those of both reference varieties. The fruit shape of 'Waimea' is trapezoidal whereas it is conical on 'Tulameen' and broad conical on 'Meeker'. The fruit of 'Waimea' has weak to medium glossiness whereas it is strong on 'Tulameen'.


PLANT: upright, few current season's canes, fruit bearing only on previous year's cane in summer
VERY YOUNG SHOOT: absent to very weak anthocyanin colouration at apex during rapid growth

CANE: mid-season vegetative bud burst, weak to medium bloom, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, medium to long internode, dormant cane greyish brown in colour
SPINES: absent

LEAF: medium green, equally three and five leaflets per leaf, concave profile in cross-section, medium to strong rugosity, free lateral leaflets

FLOWERING: mid-season
PEDICEL: absent or very few spines
PEDUNCLE: medium to strong anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: medium size

FRUIT RIPENING: mid-season
FRUIT: medium to long in length, medium to broad in width, medium to large length/width ratio, trapezoidal in lateral view, medium size single drupe, dark red, weak to medium glossiness, medium firmness, medium adherence to plug

Origin & Breeding History: 'Waimea' resulted from crossing 'SCRI795B10' as the female parent with 'SCRI82224D4' as the male parent, originally made in May,1986 at the Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee, Scotland with the resulting seed being sent to HortResearch Institute in Nelson, New Zealand. Seed was harvested from the cross in December, 1988 and subsequently treated and sown between May and July, 1986. Field planting was carried out in November, 1986 with selections conducted in January, 1989. 'Waimea' was field trialled for fresh and process market potential during the 1989 to 1993 growing seasons. 'Waimea' was trialled as 'N4.4'.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Waimea' were conducted at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Clearbrook Substation, near Abbotsford, British Columbia during the 2007 and 2008 growing seasons. Three replicates of each variety were planted in randomized complete block design with 0.9 metres between plants and 3 metres between the rows. Measured characteristics were based on a minimum of 10 measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Waimea' with reference varieties 'Tulameen' and 'Meeker'

Dormant cane length (cm)

  'Waimea' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 179.17 281 251
std. deviation 7.67 17 18

Terminal leaflet length (cm)

  'Waimea' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 9.98 11.80 10.60
std. deviation 0.82 1.07 0.93

Terminal leaflet width (cm)

  'Waimea' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 7.06 8.57 8.26
std. deviation 0.97 1.37 1.23

Fruiting lateral length (cm)

  'Waimea' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 61.76 48.11 56.87
std. deviation 10.83 11.56 12.68

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Raspberry: 'Waimea' (left) with reference varieties 'Tulameen' (centre) and 'Meeker' (right)

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Raspberry: 'Waimea' (left) with reference varieties 'Tulameen' (centre) and 'Meeker' (right)

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