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2009 Musser Fruit Research Farm

Season Harvester Season
Range June 22th - 29th
Additional Years 2006 | 2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Sequence 0
Flesh Yellow
Chill Hours 900
Bloom Date
Ripe Date June 26th



Lots of brown rot, suture bulge, uneven halves, tips, pigment in flesh, great taste


Plant Patent #9333 (Oct. 17, 1995) of Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, CA. The new and distinct nectarine tree has the following unique combination of features that are outstanding in a new variety: 1. Fruit with excellent flavor and eating quality. 2. Fruit with firm yellow flesh, good storage and shipping quality. 3. Fruit that will stay firm on the tree two weeks after maturity (shipping ripe). 4. Fruit with an attractive red skin color. 5. Heavy and regular production of fruit. 6. Vigorous upright growth. The fruit is further characterized by holding firm on the tree two weeks after maturity (shipping ripe), having the ability to be shipped to long distance markets and in comparision to Early Sun Grand Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,420) the new variety has the ability to produce more uniform size fruit which matures approximately 2 weeks later. Our new and distinct 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 the field identification numbers 36ER86 and 9GC175. The maternal parent 36EB86 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 pollen parent 9GC175 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 seedlings from this first generation cross were planted and grown under careful observation by us; one such seedling, which is the present variety, having especially desirable fruit characteristics 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
  • 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


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