Cranberry Variety Named “HyRed”

Red pigment content is a valuable trait in cranberries. In regions with short growing seasons, such as Wisconsin, cranberries contain less pigment than those from regions with longer growing seasons. The inventors have now developed a new and distinct variety of cranberry, called ‘HyRed,’ which is an early-maturing, high-color cranberry hybrid. HyRed is of value in all agricultural regions, but is particularly suitable for regions with short growing seasons. This variety is derived from a cross between the ‘Stevens’ variety and an assortment of seedlings from the ‘Ben Lear’ selection designated as Ben Lear No. 8. The short seasonal maturity of this hybrid allows farmers in regions with colder fall weather to harvest their cranberries after full development of fruit color. In other agricultural regions, the early coloration allows an extension of the harvest season.


Contains significantly higher red pigment than other commercial varieties, bringing additional premiums when sold to processors

Short seasonal maturity reduces the risk of crop damage due to unpredictable late-season weather events

Excellent vigor        

Yield is comparable to other commercial varieties

Yields are stable between seasons because of a high capacity to set flower buds on fruiting uprights

Develops good coloration when deeply covered within the vine mat, resulting in a more uniformly pigmented harvest


Inventors: Brent H. McCown, Eric L. Zeldin, Peter Normington

Source:, WARF: P01289US