Fact Sheet FS1300
Introduction and Identification
The Rutgers Tree Fruit Breeding program continues to develop new varieties, providing growers more options for diverse and sustainable commercial production while also giving home garden enthusiasts more opportunities for successful backyard fruit production. These new varieties also create additional opportunities for extended harvest and improved fruit quality to replace some of the older varieties. The germplasm (genetic material) utilized for developing new varieties from Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) was sourced from different parts of the world. Germplasm plants were selected for vigor, tolerance to environmental stress, as well as for plant and fruit characteristics that may have the potential to increase consumer demand. The unique characteristics of the new NJAES varieties provide an opportunity for growers to garner more shelf space in retail establishments and provide more choices for consumers at direct markets. New Jersey farmers are growing peaches with traditional flavor as well as newer sweeter varieties with lower acidity. In addition, there is consumer interest in firmer varieties with different flesh colors and textures that these varieties offer.
Five varieties were developed after extensive multi-year evaluations and research at several locations throughout New Jersey, each representing different microclimates. Following these variety trials, they were officially released in 2017. Other existing, more common varieties have been described in Rutgers NJAES fact sheets FS1074 (flat peach varieties); FS1201 (yellow-fleshed peach varieties); FS1203 (white-fleshed peach varieties); and FS1204 (nectarine varieties). Fruit and tree characteristics of these new peach and nectarine varieties are described below. Figures 1 and 2 describe the relative harvest timing of these varieties compared to other well-known varieties.Trees are available through Adams County Nursery, which sells these as well as other varieties released by the Rutgers tree fruit breeding program.
EvelynnTM NJ 357
This is a yellow-fleshed peach with semi-free stone and firm flesh. It is a low acid peach, which ripens with Redhaven. It has large size and very attractive full scarlet coloring, with smooth low pubescence and retains its firmness very well. This variety is always productive and exhibits a low susceptibility to bacterial spot. Three-year average: firmness (10.35 lb); diameter (2.87 in.); mass (7.3 oz./205 g); total titratable acidity (0.76 g/l); and total soluble solids (10.23 Brix).
SelenaTM NJ 358
This is a late season yellow peach with excellent firmness, ripening between "Jersey queen" and "Encore". Very large-fruited with attractive 50-80% red-on-yellow background. The fruit hangs well on the tree and has excellent flavor and coloring. This variety exhibits a low susceptibility to bacterial spot and is a productive choice. Three-year average: firmness (9.85 lb); diameter (3.10 in.); mass (8.6 oz./244 g); total titratable acidity (5.67 g/l); and total soluble solids (12.07 Brix).
TianaTM NJ 359
This is a late season yellow peach with free stone and very firm flesh, ripening between "Cresthaven" and "Encore." These large fruits have an excellent balance of acidity and sweetness. Provides exceptional flavor, with beautiful coloration (highly mottled (50-75%) red-on-yellow). This variety exhibits low susceptibility to bacterial spot. Three-year average: firmness (11 lb); diameter (2.67 in.); mass (9.6 oz./271 g); total titratable acidity (5.71 g/l); and total soluble solids (11.72 Brix).
BrigantineTM NJN 102
This is a yellow-fleshed nectarine with semi-freestone, ripening July 20-25 just before "Summer Beaut" and "Redhaven". It has a solid scarlet coloring and a nice acidic flavor and firm melting flesh. Fruit skin is consistently free from blemishes. This is a very productive tree with low susceptibility to bacterial spot while fruit has moderate susceptibility to bacterial spot. Three-year average: firmness (9.05 lb); diameter (2.60 in.); mass (6.0 oz./172 g); total titratable acidity (1.46 g/l); and total soluble solids (10.05 Brix).
SilvergloTM NJN 103
This white-fleshed nectarine has a clingstone/semi-free stone, and ripens between "Arctic Sweet" and "Arctic Jay". Its fruit is larger and more attractive than other white nectarines during that time of season. It has nice acidic flavor, attractive color, lots of pinkish-red color and very few skin blemishes. The tree is moderately vigorous with low susceptibility to bacterial spot. Three-year average: firmness (11.35 lb); diameter (2.67 in.); mass (6.7 oz./201 g); total titratable acidity (7.36 g/l); and total soluble solids (10.54 Brix).
|Month of Harvest||Yellow Nectarine||White Nectarine|
|Month of Harvest||Yellow Peach||White Peach|
Flamin Fury PF 5D B
Flamin Fury PF 15A
Flamin Fury PF 13
John Boy II
Flamin Fury PF 17
Flamin Fury PF 19-007
Flamin Fury PF 23
Flamin Fury PF 24-007
| Snow Giant
Photo credits: Hemant Gohil, Jerry Frecon, and Adams County Nursery
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