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This very early white peach is a good choice to start the season. The fruit is medium in size, highly-colored and quite firm. As with most early-season varieties, the crop should be thinned very early after fruit set to achieve adequate size. The tree is quite vigorous; however, it may be susceptible to cold winter temperatures and is not recommended for colder climates.
Starfire® (FA11 Cltv.)
A promising variety from the Stellar®Series, ripening in the Redhaven season. Fruit is brilliant red, very firm, with excellent quality. The tree is winter hardy, productive and resistant to bacterial spot. Royalty: $0.80/tree
This is consistently one of the best performing white peach varieties for eastern growers. Developed by Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, California, Sugar Giant is a large, firm white peach with exceptional eating quality. The trees are very vigorous and productive with medium resistance to bacterial spot.
This is one of the best early-season varieties we have tested. Sugar May is medium in size, highly colored and firm, producing excellent quality, white-fleshed, freestone peaches. We encourage early fruit thinning to achieve maximum fruit size.
Summer Serenade is a new offering for ACN. This bud hardy variety has been around for a while and has performed very well in Michigan and other regions of the Midwest. We have been encouraged to grow this variety for its quality in the early season. The fruit harvests with Garnet Beauty, is semi-cling and has a wonderful, traditional peach flavor. Trees are winter hardy and productive. Royalty: $0.75/tree
SummerFest™ (KV981175 Cltv.) PP#21,379
SummerFest™ is a new introduction from the USDA peach breeding program at Kearneysville, West Virginia. This selection is upright and produces a very vigorous, upright tree with a less spreading habit. The fruit is uniform, very firm, with an almost full red color and excellent size. Trees are very productive and resistant to bacterial spot. Royalty: $1.75/tree
Sunhigh (Beekman Cltv.)
Introduced by the New Jersey Experiment Station, Sunhigh has been an important commercial variety for many years. The fruit is large, freestone, of exceptional quality and considered one of the best varieties for canning or freezing.
This selection is from the USDA peach breeding program at Kearneysville, West Virginia. The variety is named for its characteristic upright tree form. It is more vertical in growth than conventional peach trees, but not as vertical and compact as the pillar form. The fruit is very large, firm and freestone with excellent color and fruit quality. The trees are vigorous and very productive with low susceptibility to bacterial leaf spot. Royalty: $1.75/tree
TangOs® (NJF16 Cltv.) PP#18,997
This outstanding selection ripens five days after Saturn, and has excellent size and firmness. The fruit has yellow skin color and outstanding flavor. Developed at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, this exciting variety is very different than Saturn in taste and texture. The tree is upright, vigorous, productive and resistant to bacterial spot. Royalty: $4.50/tree
TangOs® II (NJF17 Cltv.) PP#19,383
Another flat selection from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. The fruit ripens about one week after Saturn, with greenish-yellow skin covering the entire surface of the fruit. This variety has been more difficult to grow than TangOs® (NJF16), but the fruit quality is exquisite and worth the extra effort. The tree is vigorous, productive and resistant to bacterial spot. Royalty: $4.50/tree
Tiana™ (NJ359 Cltv.) PP#29,961
This is another high-quality, late season yellow-fleshed peach from Rutgers Breeding Program we have decided to release. This variety harvests in Encore season, making it a very good option if growers are looking to replace Encore plantings. Tiana™ has been one of the most attractive varieties in its season that we have tested. The fruit has a beautiful red color with excellent flavor. Also worth noting, the fruit hangs very well for a prolonged harvest. Royalty: $1.75/tree
Victoria® (NJ353 Cltv.) PP#18,134
A new introduction from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. Victoria® is a large peach with 40 percent red blush over a yellow background color. The flesh is very firm with excellent flavor and maintains its fruit quality in cold storage. The trees are vigorous and productive with low susceptibility to bacterial spot. This is one of the best late-season varieties we have tested. Royalty: $1.75/tree