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2012 Musser Fruit Research Farm

Season Blake Season
Range July 13th - August 3rd
Additional Years 2006 | 2009
Sequence 0
Flesh White
Chill Hours 750
Bloom Date
Ripe Date August 1st



Brown rot, low set, pigment in flesh, red around pit, skin cracking, finish issues, good sweet taste, slightly watery


Plant Patent #10174 (Jan. 6, 1998) to Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, CA. A new and distinct variety of nectarine, tree which has the following unique combination of outstanding features that are desirable in a new variety: 1. Heavy and regular production of large size fruit. 2. Fruit with excellent flavor and eating quality. 3. Fruit with firm white flesh with good handling and shipping quality. 4. Fruit that will stay firm 10 to 12 days after maturity (shipping ripe). 5. Relatively uniform maturity of fruit throughout the tree. 6. Vigorous, upright growth. the fruit is further characterized by holding firm on the tree 10 to 12 days after maturity (shipping ripe), having good handling and shipping quality and, in comparison to Arctic Queen Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 8,094), the fruit is larger in size and is 7 to 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 cross between two selected seedlings with field identification numbers 23R236 and 63EC404. The maternal parent (23R236) originated from a nectarine of unknown parentage crossed with a selected seedling originating from a cross of O'Henry Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,964) and Giant Babcock Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,353). The paternal parent (63EC404) originated from a cross of two selected seedlings, one from a Sunred Nectarine (non-patented) crossed with Crimson Gold Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,825), the other from an Autumn Grand Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,894) crossed with Rhone Gold Nectarine (non-patented). The present variety was selected from a large number of first generation seedlings planted and grown under close and careful observation, during which time we recognized its desirable characteristics described above and selected the variety for asexual propagation 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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