Most of the common alpine strawberries do not produce runners. They are called clumping types. This can be an advantage in a garden where the gardener wants to maintain some order. These types of strawberries are most easily propagated by seed which takes several months. Hawaii 4 is a white fruiting alpine that is day-neutral (flowers independent of day length). It is rare in that it is one of the only white fruiting alpines that produces runners. This can be a huge advantage in being able to quickly propagate exact copies of the parents without relying on pollination and seed production.
This cultivar became famous when it was chosen to be the first strawberry to have its DNA sequenced. This work was published in 2010 and is available at the Genome of the Woodland Strawberry.
This spring we did a short video on this cultivar which points out some of the unique characteristics of this cultivar. Here is the video:
During the summer of 2015 we are rooting runners and plan to introduce them either in the fall of 2015 or the spring of 2016. We have created a waiting list so those who are interested can be notified when plants are available. Signup to be notified. This mailing list will not be used for any purpose other than notification on availability of this rare cultivar. Note: We cannot ship plants outside the U.S.