Seedlings from a 1978 cross of Lateglow × Allstar were screened for resistance to a five race composite of the red stele root rot (Phytophthora fragariae) during 1978-79. Latestar was selected from among the resistant seedlings of this cross. Fruits are large (12 g), varying in shape from broad shouldered and blunt tipped wedge to short conic. Fruit colour is a bright glossy scarlet maturing to dark red. Fruit flesh and skin is firm, mildly aromatic and subacidic in flavour. In Beltsville, total yields of Latestar in 1988, 1990 and 1994 equalled or exceeded those of Kent, Allstar, Honeoye, Lateglow and Lester. Latestar is resistant to most of the common leaf diseases and fruit rots encountered in the Mid Atlantic area. Best adapted to the Mid Atlantic and adjacent areas, Latestar is recommended as an attractive, large-fruited and productive late season shipping and local market cultivar.