Bird pecking, tips, slight suture bulge, splits, very sweet, delicious
Plant Patent #11090 (Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, CA, 1999).
The present new and distinct variety of peach 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 36EB86 and 9GC175. The peach seedling 36EB86 (non-patented) which is the material parent, was selected as an addition to our gene pool to be used in our fruit breeding program, originated from a second generation seedling that was selected from a cross between May Grand Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,794) and a peach of unknown parentage. The paternal parent 9GC175 (non-patented), was also selected for use in our fruit breeding program, it originated from a second generation seedling of a cross between an open pollinated seedling of Early Sun Grand Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,420) and Royal Gold Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,663). A large group of these first generation seedlings, growing on their own root, were planted and maintained under close observation, during which time we recognized the desirable fruit characteristics described above and selected the present variety for asexual reproduction and commercialization.
The new and distinct variety of peach tree is of large size, vigorous, upright growth and a productive and regular bearer of large, firm, yellow flesh, semi-freestone fruit with excellent flavor and eating quality. 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, having a high degree of attractive red skin blush and having a mild, sweet, sub-acid taste. In comparison to the Sweet Gem Peach (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 7,952), which has a similar mild, sweet, sub-acid flavor, the fruit of the new variety is larger in size and is approximately one week later in maturity.
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
Blush: presented as percentage of ground color cover with red or similar
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