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2010 Musser Fruit Research Farm

Season Coronet Season
Range June 15th - 21th
Additional Years 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014
Sequence 0
Row
Tree
Flesh Yellow
Chill Hours
Bloom Date
Ripe Date June 18th

Set
Size
Shape
Pubes
Red
Attribute
Firm
Free
Status
Brix
7
2.73
7.3
4
7.5
7.3
5.2
4
1
10.8

Notes

Uneven halves, tips, suture bulge, pigment in flesh, nice acidic taste

Description

Plant Patent #18534 issued 02/01/2006. ORIGIN OF VARIETY The new peach tree {hereinafter referred to as the `P.F. 8 Ball`} was originated by Paul Friday in the experiment orchard, which is maintained for the purposes of breeding peach trees in Coloma, Mich. Coloma is located in the southwest section of Michigan, USDA Hardiness Zone 6A, with observed temperature ranges of minus 12 degree Fahrenheit to 90 degree Fahrenheit, also with annual rainfall of about 40 inches. 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 there adaptability to local and regional growing conditions. Seeds resulting from open pollination 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. 8 Ball`, 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 an experimental orchard located in Coloma, Mich. The asexual propagation demonstrates that such reproduction of the characteristics of the tree are consistent and are established and transmitted through succeeding propagation. SUMMARY OF THE VARIETY The new and very distinct variety of peach tree is of moderate spreading growth and a regular and productive bearer of peaches. A distinct characteristic of the `P.F. 8 Ball` peach tree is its long internodes, another notable characteristic is it's limb growth pattern producing many natural right angle crotches. The blossoms are characterized by being contracted or partially spread when in full bloom. At the same time petals of the blossoms are of lesser length than the length of petals of normal showy blossom as exemplified by the `Loring` (non-patented) peach blossom. The blossoms of the present peach tree at full bloom may be characterized as being non-showy. Leaf glands are particularly small and insignificant. The fruit at maturity is large, having flesh that is firm and a light white with no red around the pit. The skin is smooth having moderate down and is of dark red color overlying dark yellow. At maturity the peach is spherical having an average diameter ranging between about 21/2'' to 3''. The fruit has a firm flesh and may be described as resilient to the extent that the flesh is yieldable and restorable to its original state when subjected to impact forces, which may cause permanent deformities in peaches of commercial varieties. The firmness of the fruit facilitates handling and packaging of the peaches without damaging the same for shipment. This results in less spoilage and also increases the shelf life. The fruit matures in the early part of the peach growing season in southwestern Michigan. The fruit as mentioned heretofore is of dark red color overlying dark yellow 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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