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2020 Musser Fruit Research Farm

Season Redglobe Season
Range June 30th - July 12th
Additional Years 2006 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2016 | 2017 | 2019
Sequence 0
Flesh White
Chill Hours 900
Bloom Date March 19th
Ripe Date July 1st

Ovate to oblong


Low acid, sweet, fruity


Plant Patent #10479 (July 7, 1998) to Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, CA. A new and distinct variety of nectarine tree; its novelty consists of the following unique combination of desirable features that are outstanding in a new variety: 1. Fruit with excellent flavor and eating quality. 2. Heavy and regular production of large size fruit. 3. Fruit with firm flesh, good handling and shipping quality. 4. Fruit with a high degree of attractive red skin color. 5. Fruit staying firm on the tree 8 to 10 days after maturity (shipping ripe). 6. Relatively uniform ripening of fruit throughout the tree. The fruit is further characterized by having firm flesh, good handling and shipping quality and, in comparison to the white flesh Arctic Rose Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 7,889), the new variety has greater production of larger size fruit and is 4 to 5 days later in maturity. The present new variety of nectarine tree was developed by us in our experimental orchard located near Modesto, Calif., as an open pollinated seedling selection from a seedling with field identification number 141LB505. The seedling selection (141LB505) originated from an open pollinated Arctic Queen Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 8,094) seed. A large number of these open pollinated seedlings were planted and grown under close observation by us, during which time one such seedling, which is of the present variety, having the especially desirable fruit characteristics described above, was selected 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
  • 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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