(Fragaria x ananassa Duchesne ex Rozier)
Bred to improve the firmness, color uniformity, and disease resistance of Cavendish strawberries, Laurels are a large and flavourful short-day variety, ready for harvest midseason.
This strawberry cross is new to Canada, having just been introduced this year by the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Center of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada after being tested in Atlantic Canada since 1999 under the very watchful eye of Dr. Andrew Jamieson whose stated goal is to “Develop High Quality, Disease Resistant Raspberry and Strawberry Cultivars for Canada.”
Laurel plants are extremely resistant to red stele root rot disease. They grow vigorously with medium-sized yields and produce many runners, establishing matted rows.
Photo Courtesy of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.