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Click to EnlargePF 24C Cold Hardy
2009 Musser Fruit Research Farm

Season Blake Season
Range July 13th - August 3rd
Additional Years 2008 | 2010
Sequence 0
Row
Tree
Flesh Yellow
Chill Hours
Bloom Date
Ripe Date August 1st

Set
Size
Shape
Pubes
Red
Attribute
Firm
Free
Status
Brix
7.3
3
7.5
6
7.5
7.5
2.2
8
1
13.5

Notes

Suture bulge, great taste, delicious

Description

Plant Patent #15659 issued 3/15/2005. ORIGIN OF VARIETY The new peach tree {hereinafter referred to as the `P.F. 24-C cold hardy` peach tree} was originated by Paul Friday in the experimental orchard, which is maintained for the purposes of breeding peach trees, at Paul Friday Farms Inc., located in Coloma, Mich. Coloma is located in the southwest section of Michigan. In an ongoing mass selection breeding program, superior seedlings of unrecorded parentage are maintained as seed sources for the production of seeds which are collected and planted in mass. The seed producing parent trees are maintained solely as proprietary trees for breeding purposes and have not been released from the experimental orchard, where such trees can be evaluated for their adaptability to local and regional growing conditions. Seeds resulting from open pollinations of the trees in the experimental orchard are regularly planted in mass to produce new populations of seedlings which are cultured and monitored to maturity. Trees with superior attributes are retained for further observation and testing, and contribute seeds to advancing generations of new populations of seedlings. The tree of this application, `P.F. 24-C cold hardy`, was a single plant from one such a seedling population, and was based on the numerous superior genetic attributes of this tree which are described in the botanical description to follow. While not comprehensive, the details of the botanical description to follow are believed to be a reasonably complete botanical description of the tree of this disclosure. ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION OF THE VARIETY The new and distinct variety of peach tree was asexually propagated by budding as performed in the experimental orchard of Paul Friday Farms Inc., located in Coloma, Mich. The asexual propagation demonstrates that such reproduction of characteristics of the tree are consistent and established and transmitted through succeeding propagation. SUMMARY OF THE VARIETY The new and distinct variety of peach tree is of average height and of spreading growth and a regular and productive bearer of peaches. A distinct characteristic of the "P.F. 24-C cold hardy" peach tree is its medium vigor having a growth of about eighteen inches (18") per year. The blossoms bloom in mid-season and are characterized by being contracted or partially spread to approximately 5/8-inch when in full bloom. At the same time the five petals of the blossoms are of lesser length than the length of petals of the normal showy blossom as exemplified by the `Loring` (unpatented) peach blossom. The blossoms of the present peach tree at full bloom may be characterized as being non-showy. More specifically, the blossoms of the present peach tree have radially projecting and angularly spaced five blossom petals to form a blossom having a diameter of about 5/8-inch measured across the blossoms. The flesh of the fruit of the present peach tree is extremely firm and is yellow. The skin is smooth having moderate to little down and is of dark red color overlying a yellow ground color. The yellow background covers approximately thirty percent (30%) of its surface at maturity. At maturity, the peach is spherical having an average diameter of about 23/4". The fruit produced by this tree has firm, and non-melting flesh, and thereby has the attendant resistance to blemishes and soft spots in harvesting, shipping and handling due to bruising, The firmness of the fruit flesh is sufficient to allow the flesh to yield and be restored when bumped or dropped without the resulting soft spots as would be experienced in most late season peaches of the market class. Thus, fruit of this tree remains more attractive to the ultimate buyer, the consumer, and thereby will command premium prices for late fresh desert market. The fruit matures in the latter part of the peach growing season in southwestern Michigan. The fruit as mentioned heretofore is of dark red color overlying a yellow which covers approximately Thirty percent (30%) of its surface and has a very attractive appearance.

Key

  • 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
  • Pubescence: 10=nectarine
  • 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

 

     
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