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2012 Musser Fruit Research Farm

Season Harvester Season
Range June 22th - 29th
Additional Years 2006 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2013 | 2014
Sequence 0
Flesh White
Chill Hours 900
Bloom Date
Ripe Date June 27th



Lots brown rot, split pits, uneven halves, slight tips, red around pit, nice very sweet taste


Plant Patent #9908 (May 28, 1991) of Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, CA. A new and distinct variety of nectarine tree; its novelty consists of the following unique combination of outstanding features that are desirable in a new variety: 1. Fruit with excellent flavor and eating quality. 2. Fruit with a high degree of attractive red skin color. 3. The ability of the fruit to stay firm on the tree 8 to 10 days after maturity (shipping ripe). 4. Fruit with firm white flesh with good handling and shipping quality. 5. Heavy and regular production of fruit. 6. Vigorous, upright growth of the tree. The fruit is further characterized by having good handling and shipping quality, having an attractive red skin color and, in comparison to Arctic Rose Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 7,889), the new variety has greater production of larger size fruit, a higher degree of attractive red skin color and is approximately 8 days later in maturity. The present new variety of nectarine tree was originated by us in our experimental orchard located near Modesto, Calif., as a first generation seedling from a cross between two selected seedlings with field identification numbers 38EB371 and 23K46. The maternal parent, field identification number 38EB371, originated from a cross of two selected seedlings. One originating from a nectarine of unknown parentage crossed with Redwing Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 621), the other from an open pollinated O'Henry Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,964) seedling. The paternal parent, field identification number 23K46, also originated from a cross of two selected seedlings, one originating from Golden Supreme Peach (non-patented) crossed with May Grand Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,794), the other originated from a nectarine of unknown parentage crossed with Autumn Grand Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,894). We grew and maintained a large group of these first generation seedlings under close and careful observation, during which time the present variety exhibited the distinctive and desirable characteristics described above and 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
  • 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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