The Fruit-Grower, St. Joseph, Missouri. p. 86 (Feb 1908)
The Loganberry and the Phenomenal Raspberry.

The statement of a correspondent in the January Fruit-Grower to the effect that the Phenomenal Raspberry is the same as the Loganberry calls forth protests from several of our subscribers, who contend they are different and indicate the points of difference. Here is what some of them say:

"I spent three weeks in California for the sole purpose of investigating the merits of the Phenomenal berry as compared with the Loganberry. There is a difference between these fruits, in every detail of fruit and plant. The fruit of the Phenomenal averages larger than the Loganberry, and the color is a brighter shade of red, slightly sweeter, and the flavor favors the raspberry more than the Loganberry. The fruit cell formation is a little larger in the Phenomenal, and the row formation more irregular and not so compact. The bloom of the Phenomenal has five petals, the Loganberry only four. The leaves of the Phenomenal are a brighter shade of green and the canes a brighter shade of red than the Loganberry. The yield favors the Phenomenal. The Phenomenal was introduced by Luther Burbank, the Loganberry by Dr. Logan of Santa Cruz, Cal. The Phenomenal is a cross between the Cuthbert raspberry and one of the California native dewberries. The Loganberry is a cross between the Antwerp raspberry and a native California dewberry. With the above points in his mind, I believe the Oregon correspondent will be able to know next season whether he has the true Phenomenal berry or not.—J. F. Littooy, Wenatchee, Wash."

"The Phenomenal berries of the gentleman who reported it as the same as the Loganberry are evidently not true to name. I have both Logan and genuine Phenomenal plants, and there is as much difference between them as between the cherry and white grape currant. The Logan is very sour or a very sharp acid, while the phenomenal is decidedly sweet, with the berry inclined to be larger across the base, and of a more crimson color than Logan. If Mr. Morse, or any one else interested, doubts there being any difference in the two berries, they can put the matter to the proof by paying the expense of sending a sample of each berry, grown in the same field under identical conditions. While it is to be regretted that the Judges at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition went on record as there being no difference in the two varieties, they were evidently misled by having samples only of Logan to pass upon, though under the name of Phenomenal.—E. P. Smith, Eastwood Nurseries, Gresham. Ore."

Phenomenal Berry

Logan Berry