Trees in second leaf and not thinned, first year of evaluation, pigment in flesh, tips, suture bulge, uneven halves, good acidic taste
Plant Patent #09129 issued 5/9/1995. ORIGIN OF VARIETY
The new variety of peach tree (hereinafter referred to as the P. F. 1 peach tree) was originated by Paul Friday in the experimental orchard maintained for the purpose of breeding peaches at Paul Friday Farms Inc. located in Coloma, Mich. Coloma is located in the southwest section of Michigan. The P.F. 1 peach tree was developed in a first generation cross between the female parent, Garnet Beauty, and the male parent, Cardinal.
ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION OF THE VARIETY
The new and distinct variety of peach tree was asexually propagated by budding as performed in the experimental orchard of Paul Friday Farms Inc. 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 distinct variety of peach tree is of moderate upright growth and a regular and productive bearer of peaches. The blossoms are characterized by being contracted or partially spread when in full bloom. At the same time the petals of the blossoms are of lesser length than the length of petals of the normal showy blossom as exemplified by the Loring peach blossom.
The blossoms of the present peach tree at full bloom may be characterized as being non-showy. More specifically, the blossoms of the present peach tree have radially projecting and angularly spaced five blossom petals projecting upwardly at an inclined angle so as to form a blossom having a diameter of about 1/2" measured across the blossoms. The bloom is even less showy than the non-showy Redhaven.
The flesh of the fruit of the present peach tree is firm and is yellow.
The skin is smooth and is of dark red color over about ninety (90%) percent of its surface at maturity. The dark red color occurs over about seventy (70%) percent of the surface about 10 days prior to maturity. At maturity the peach is spheroid with an oval shape having an elongated diameter ranging between about 21/4" and 25/8".
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 the commercial varieties. The firmness of the fruit facilitates handling and packaging of the peaches without damaging the same for shipment. This results is less spoilage and also increases the shelf life.
The fruit matures in the early part of the peach growing season of Sourthwestern Michigan. The fruit as mentioned heretofore is of red color over about ninety (90%) percent of its surface and has a very attractive appearance.
The fruit shows a particularly strong resistance to the disease, bacterial spot, and has fewer split pits than other early varieties of peaches grown in Michigan (approximately only two (2%) percent of the fruit show split pits).
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