Plant Patent #10939 (June 1, 1999) of Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, CA. This new and unique variety of peach has the following desirable features that are outstanding in a new variety. The following features of the tree and its fruit are characterized with the tree budded on nemaguard rootstock, grown on Hanford sandy loam soil with Storie Index rating 95, in USDA hardiness zone 9, near Modesto, Calif., and with standard commercial cultural fruit growing practices, such as, pruning, thinning, spraying, irrigation, fertilization, etc.: 1. Heavy and regular production of large size fruit. 2. Fruit with a high degree of attractive red skin color. 3. Fruit with very firm flesh, good handling and shipping qualities. 4. Fruit with good, sweet, sub-acid flavor. 5. Fruit able to remain firm on the tree approximately 7 days past maturity (shipping ripe). 6. Vigorous, upright growth.
The fruit is further characterized as having good handling and shipping qualities, good, sweet, sub-acid flavor, and in comparison to Sweet Gem Peach . This distinct variety of peach tree was originated by us in our experimental orchard located near Modesto, Calif., as a first generation cross between two selected seedlings with field identification numbers 55GA106 and 33EB323. The maternal parent (55GA106) originated as a first generation cross between O'Henry Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,964) and 50G488. The selection 50G488 originated as a first generation cross of a seedling selection from seed of Early Sungrand Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,420) crossed with Royal Gold Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,663). The pollen parent (33EB323) originated as a selected seedling from open pollinated Sweet Gem Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 7,952) seed. We grew and maintained a large group of these first generation seedlings under close observation and the present variety growing on its own root exhibited distinctive desirable characteristics of the tree and its fruit was selected for asexual reproduction and commercialization.
Evaluations are based on a 1-8 scale (6=OK,7=Commercially acceptable, 8=Excellent)
Size is in inches
Shape: round is assumed, T=tip, P=point, S=suture, OB=oblate, OV=ovate
Freeness: 3=early cling, 8=completely free
Status: 0=discard, 1=keep
Notes: SOS=soft on suture, SOT=soft on tip, RIF=red in flesh, GAS=green around stem
RAP=red around pit, GGC=green ground color, sz=size, wh=white, yt=young tree, CCT=concave tip
Bloom date is when approx. 90% of blooms are open (full bloom)
The description of each variety of peach or nectarine fruit under each group is in different formats as this information is collected from varied sources and hence is not consistent