Recommended Varieties for Northern and Central Illinois
Summer bearing types
Boyne: Extremely winter hardy, good disease resistance, canes 5 to 5 1/2 feet tall, does not necessarily need support, medium sized soft sweet berries, does not store well, spring harvest.
Killarney: Very hardy, sturdy canes, medium sized firm berries, good flavor, good for home gardening and fresh market, spring harvest.
Latham: Have vigorous canes, needs support, large size moderately firm berries, fair in flavor, susceptible to diseases (viral), fruit tends to crumble, spring harvest.
Liberty: Less suckers and rows easy to maintain, early maturing (spring harvest), medium sized berries, good for dessert and freezing, very productive, needs topping or trellising.
Titan: Large fruit size, erect canes, high yields, disease susceptible (Phytophthora), spring harvest.
Heritage: Widely adapted to many areas, everbearing cultivar, sturdy vigorous canes, firm medium sized berries, spring and fall harvests.
Redwing: Everbearing cultivar, cross between ('Heritage' x 'Fallred'), mature 10-14 days earlier than 'Heritage,' yield, size and color same as for 'Heritage.'
Ruby: Very similar to Titan, spring and fall harvests.
Goldie: Mutation of Heritage, spring and fall harvests.
Amber: Large berries, late maturing (summer-bearing), very susceptible to leaf curl virus, very good for dessert and good for freezing.
Fallgold: Everbearing, very hardy, super sweet and soft berries.
Brandywine: Very large firm, and tart berries. Vigorous thorny canes, not very hardy. Good for jams and jellies, spring harvest.
Royalty: Very large sweet berries, more disease resistant than 'Brandywine', spring harvest.
Other everbearing varieties: