Suture bulge, split pits, red around pit, nice taste and flavor
Victoria was patented October 23, 2007 to Joe Goffreda, Rutgers Univ. and tested as selection 'NJ353'.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a new and distinct variety of peach tree named `NJ353`. Our new tree resulted from crossing `Biscoe` as the seed parent with `Fairtime` peach tree, as the pollen parent. The new variety differs from seed parent `Biscoe` (unpatented) in that the new variety has large, showy flowers and firm fruit that ripen in late-season, while the seed parent has small, nonshowy flowers and comparatively soft fruit that ripen in the latter part of mid-season. The new variety differs from pollen parent `Fairtime` (unpatented) in that the new variety has more cold tolerance and has consistently developed a greater percentage of red over color than the pollen parent. The resulting tree was selected when growing in a cultivated area as the 122.sup.nd tree in the 47.sup.th row of Block G in Cream Ridge, N.J.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The `NJ353` variety is distinguished from other peach varieties due to the following unique combination of characteristics: Attractive round fruit with a slightly depressed apex point. Fruit with an attractive yellow-orange ground color. Good production of firm fruit that ripen in late-season. Fruit have above average eating quality following cold storage.
The variety was asexually reproduced at the Rutgers Fruit Research and Extension Center in Cream Ridge, N.J. Asexual reproduction of this new variety by budding onto `Lovell` rootstock (unpatented) shows that the foregoing characteristics are so reproduced.
The following detailed description concerns the original tree, `NJ353`. The original tree and asexual progeny have been observed growing in a cultivated area in Cream Ridge, N.J. Certain characteristics of this variety, such as growth and color, may change with changing environmental conditions (such as, light, temperature, moisture, nutrient availability) or other factors. Color descriptions and other terminology are used in accordance with their ordinary dictionary descriptions, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. Color designations are made with reference to The Royal Horticultural Society (R.H.S.) Colour Chart.
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