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Denomination: 'Motueka'
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
55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 900
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5Y6
Tel: 613-232-2486 ex. 1279
Application Date: 2003-06-05
Application Number: 03-3700
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-07-20
Certificate Number: 3896
Date rights revoked: 2015-07-20

Variety Description

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

Summary: The intensity of anthocyanin colouration on the apex of the very young shoot during rapid growth is weak on 'Motueka' whereas it is medium on 'Tulameen' and absent on 'Meeker'. The anthocyanin colouration on the current season's cane is absent or very weak on 'Motueka' and medium on 'Meeker'. 'Motueka' has no spines whereas they are sparse on 'Tulameen' and sparse to medium on 'Meeker'. 'Motueka' has predominantly three leaflets per leaf whereas 'Tulameen' has equally three and five. The terminal leaflet of 'Motueka' is longer than that of 'Meeker'. The fruit shape of 'Motueka' is conical whereas it is broad conical in 'Meeker'. The fruit of 'Motueka' has weak glossiness whereas it is strong on 'Tulameen' and medium on 'Meeker'. The fruit of 'Motueka' has medium firmness whereas it is firm to very firm in 'Tulameen'.


PLANT: upright, medium number of current season's canes, fruit bearing only on previous year's cane in summer
VERY YOUNG SHOOT: 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 length internode, dormant cane greyish brown in colour
SPINES: absent

LEAF: medium green, predominantly three leaflets per leaf, convex profile in cross-section, strong rugosity, free lateral leaflets

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

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

Origin & Breeding History: 'Motueka' (experimental designation 'HR57') resulted from crossing 'B257' as the female parent with 'F29' as the male parent, made in September, 1988 at the HortResearch Institute in Nelson, New Zealand. Seed was harvested from the cross in December, 1988 and subsequently treated and sown between May and July, 1989. Field planting was carried out in November, 1989 with selections conducted in December, 1993. 'Motueka' was field trialled for fresh and process market potential during the 1996 to 1999 growing seasons.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Motueka' 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 'Motueka' with reference varieties 'Tulameen' and 'Meeker'

Dormant cane length (cm)

  'Motueka' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 178.92 281.00 251.00
std. deviation 5.40 17 18

Terminal leaflet length (cm)

  'Motueka' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 12.63 11.80 10.60
std. deviation 0.70 1.07 0.93

Fruiting lateral length (cm)

  'Motueka' 'Tulameen' 'Meeker'
mean 49.16 48.11 56.87
std. deviation 7.34 11.56 12.68

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

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

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