A quick overview of the various types of strawberries and their distinct characteristics


If you are a strawberry lover, you are probably familiar with the delicious sweetness and aroma that these berries bring. But did you know that there are various types of strawberries, each with its own unique characteristics and benefits? In this article, we will take a closer look at some popular strawberry varieties, including Wendy, Laramie, and Allstar.

First, let’s talk about Wendy strawberries. Wendy is an everbearing variety, meaning it produces fruit throughout the year. Their compact size makes them easy to grow in limited spaces, making them a popular choice for home gardeners. Wendy strawberries have firmness and a conical shape, with a longer shelf life than other types. They are resistant to wilt and anthracnose, providing a potential longer lifespan for your strawberry plants.

Next, we have Laramie strawberries. These strawberries are known for their strong resistance to diseases such as aphids and powdery mildew. They have a milder flavor compared to other varieties, making them perfect for those who prefer a less sweet taste. Laramie strawberries are also great for northern states, as they can withstand lower temperatures and still produce a bountiful crop.

Allstar strawberries, on the other hand, are perfect for those living in warmer climates, like Florida. This variety was introduced by the University of Florida’s breeding program and is widely grown in the state. Allstar strawberries have excellent flavor and aroma, and their fruits are large and firm. They are well-suited for plasticulture, which is a cropping system that involves using plastic covers to control weeds and maintain soil moisture. This method works particularly well in Florida’s high-heat and high-humidity environment.

Regardless of the type of strawberries you choose to plant, it is important to ensure that they receive proper care and maintenance. Strawberries require well-draining soil, adequate sunlight, and regular watering. They are also heavy feeders and benefit from regular applications of nitrogen fertilizer. By providing the right conditions and care, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of flavorful and juicy strawberries throughout the growing season.


There are several cultivars of strawberries, each with their own unique qualities and characteristics. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Alpine Strawberries: These strawberries are known for their small to medium size, and they have a sweet and tangy flavor. They are also disease-resistant and can tolerate cold temperatures. Alpine strawberries are an excellent choice for gardeners in northern climates.

Allstar: This cultivar is well-known for its large, firm berries and high yields. It is also disease-resistant and produces strawberries for a longer period compared to other cultivars. Allstar strawberries also have a bright red color and a sweet taste.

Charcoal Pearl: This cultivar produces medium-sized strawberries and is resistant to diseases. It is a good choice for growers in areas where aphids are a problem. Charcoal Pearl strawberries have a dark red color and a slightly sweet flavor.

Everbearing Strawberries: Unlike other cultivars, everbearing strawberries produce fruit throughout the growing season. They are easy to grow and require well-drained soil. Everbearing cultivars include Winterstar and Felicity, which are both known for their reliable crops and resistance to diseases.

Wendy Strawberries: These strawberries are popular among professional growers due to their sturdy and compact plants. Wendy strawberries have a dominant season in early spring and are known for their large, sweet berries.

When purchasing strawberry plants, it’s important to keep in mind that cultivars may perform differently depending on the location and climate. It’s best to choose cultivars that are well-suited to your specific area and growing conditions.

More from The NC State Strawberry Breeding Program

For more information on the different varieties of strawberries introduced by The NC State Strawberry Breeding Program, visit their official webpage. They have cultivated excellent cultivars for growing strawberries in different conditions and climates. From the small-medium sized Alpine strawberries to the flavorful white strawberries, they have something for everyone.

If you are looking for strawberries that can withstand longer growing seasons, the NC State program has developed summer-fruiting varieties that can produce crops for many weeks. These varieties yield high and are generally resistant to diseases. They have been tested throughout the past years and have shown excellent results.

The NC State Strawberry Breeding Program has also introduced varieties like Camarosa and Wendy, which are known for their bright color and slightly fruity flavor. These varieties have been found to be reliable and vigorous in their growth. They perform well in different types of soil and sunlight conditions.

If you are looking for everbearing strawberries, the program offers varieties like Tristar. These strawberries don’t produce as large of a fruit, but they are known for their excellent taste and disease resistance. Whether you are a home gardener or a commercial farmer, these everbearing varieties can be a great addition to your strawberry plantings.

When it comes to disease resistance, the NC State Strawberry Breeding Program has explained that some of their varieties have shown resistance to common diseases like grey mould and charcoal rot. This is important for ensuring the health and longevity of your strawberry crops.

In summary, The NC State Strawberry Breeding Program offers a wide range of strawberry varieties with different characteristics. Whether you are looking for strawberries that can be grown in a specific climate, have longer cropping periods, or are disease-resistant, this program has something for you. Contact them for more information on how to get started with their strawberry cultivars.

Variety Characteristics
Alpine Small to medium-sized strawberries, flavorful
White Flavorful, small to medium-sized strawberries
Summer-fruiting Yields high, resistant to diseases, longer cropping period
Camarosa Bright color, slightly fruity flavor, vigorous growth
Wendy Bright color, slightly fruity flavor, vigorous growth
Tristar Excellent taste, disease-resistant, everbearing

Types of strawberries: the different varieties at a glance

When it comes to purchasing strawberries, there are various types and varieties available. In this article, we will take a quick look at some of the most common ones.

Heirloom varieties: These strawberries are pre-pick varieties that have been passed down through generations. They are primarily grown by home gardeners and offer unique flavors and textures.

Compost bounty: This variety is known for its high productivity and is often planted to provide an abundant harvest. They are AC and Seascape cultivars that are resistant to diseases like mildew.

Winterstar: This variety is the result of a breeding program at UF/IFAS. It is an everbearing strawberry that can be planted in both fall and spring. It offers both optimum hardiness and a good taste experience.

Yellow Wonder: As the name suggests, this variety has yellow fruit. It is a small to medium-sized strawberry with a conical shape. It is known for its sweet and fruity flavor.

Fort Laramie: This variety is reliable and offers high yields. It is an everbearing cultivar that produces fruits mainly in June and July, with the possibility of some harvest later in the season.

White Diamante: This variety is a white strawberry that offers a unique twist on the traditional red fruit. It has a mild, sweet flavor and is perfect for those who want something a little different.

When choosing a strawberry variety, it is important to keep in mind your climate and the specific needs of your garden. Some varieties are more suitable for colder temperatures, while others thrive in warmer climates. Additionally, some cultivars are better for commercial growers, while others are ideal for home gardeners.

In conclusion, there are several different types of strawberries available, each with its own unique characteristics and flavor profile. By choosing the right variety for your circumstances, you can enjoy the benefits of having delicious, homegrown strawberries.

What are the different types of strawberries

When it comes to strawberries, there are many different cultivars, each with its own distinct characteristics and qualities. The types of strawberries can vary in terms of size, flavor, color, and even growing conditions.

One popular type of strawberry is the June-bearing strawberry. As the name suggests, these strawberries produce a large crop of berries in June, providing a bountiful harvest for the summer. June-bearing strawberries are known for their high-quality and sweet flavor. They are also typically larger in size compared to other types of strawberries.

Another type of strawberry is the everbearing strawberry. Unlike June-bearing strawberries, everbearing strawberries produce multiple crops throughout the growing season. This means you can enjoy fresh strawberries all summer long. Everbearing strawberries are generally smaller in size, but they have a longer harvest period and are known for their sweet and mild flavor.

The day-neutral strawberry is a third type of strawberry. These strawberries do not depend on day length to set buds, allowing them to produce fruit continuously throughout the growing season. Day-neutral strawberries are typically smaller in size, but they have a sweet flavor and are great for fresh eating or processing.

There are also special varieties of strawberries that have been developed for specific growing conditions and purposes. For example, the Tristar strawberry is a day-neutral variety that can be grown year-round in mild climates. It is known for its high yield and excellent flavor.

The Allstar strawberry is another popular cultivar that is known for its vigorous growth and high fruit yield. It is a June-bearing strawberry that produces large, firm, and flavorful berries. The Allstar strawberry is also known for its ability to resist diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot.

Wendy strawberries are a type of June-bearing strawberry that shows great resistance to diseases and pests. They are easy to grow and produce a compact plant that is close to the ground, making it easier for gardeners to maintain and harvest.

Sparkle strawberries, named for their bright red color and sparkling appearance, are also an excellent type of strawberry. They are a June-bearing variety that produces large, juicy, and flavorful berries. Sparkle strawberries are known for their hardiness and ability to withstand cold temperatures and frost.

Grey strawberries are an experimental variety that has been gaining popularity. This type of strawberry has a unique grey color and a sweet and tangy flavor. Grey strawberries are known for their high resistance to diseases such as Colletotrichum and are being developed for their potential in commercial production.

In addition to these types of strawberries, there are many other cultivars available to gardeners and commercial growers. Each type of strawberry has its own unique qualities and characteristics, making it important for both home gardeners and commercial growers to choose the right type for their specific needs. Whether you want strawberries that produce a large crop in a short period, berries that can be harvested throughout the season, or strawberries that are resistant to diseases and pests, there is a type of strawberry out there for you.

Type of Strawberry Growth Harvest Period Flavor Special Characteristics
June-bearing Vigorous In June (short blooming period) High-quality and sweet Large size, limited cropping
Everbearing Compact Multiple crops throughout the season Sweet and mild Long harvest period
Day-neutral Easy to grow Continuous fruit production Sweet Great for fresh eating or processing
Tristar Vigorous Year-round in mild climates Excellent flavor High yield
Allstar Vigorous In June (short blooming period) Large, firm, and flavorful Resistant to diseases
Wendy Compact In June (short blooming period) Great resistance to diseases and pests Easy to grow and harvest
Sparkle Vigorous In June (short blooming period) Large, juicy, and flavorful Hardy and frost-resistant
Grey Experimental In June (short blooming period) Sweet and tangy High disease resistance, potential for commercial production

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.