Peach Cultivars

Peaches and nectarines are the second most important tree fruit crop grown in Pennsylvania. There has been and continues to be extensive breeding of new and improved cultivars.
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Updated: April 1, 2016

Peach Cultivars

USDA, university and private breeding programs have produced a number of new peach and nectarine cultivars in recent years.

Breeding programs at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USDA in Kearneysville, West Virginia, and USDA in Byron, Georgia, along with private programs in California and Michigan have produced a number of new cultivars in recent years. Extensive evaluations of these cultivars are being performed by Jerry Frecon, Emeritus Professor of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension System.

The table is set up according to average ripening dates for south-central Pennsylvania. The cultivars listed under the "Peaches" column are those that begin to ripen during the particular period. The next column reflects our opinion as to the best cultivars in that particular time frame. The third column contains suggestions for peach cultivars to try on an experimental basis. We do not know how well they will perform, but based on limited observation they seem worth trying on a small scale. The final column indicates all nectarines that ripen during that period.

Commercially grown and promising peach and nectarine cultivars for Pennsylvania

Ripening date in southern PABest peach cultivarsBest nectarine cultivarsPromising peach cultivars for trialPromising nectarine cultivars for trial
June 30-July 5RichMay
Desiree
Spring Snow (W)
Earlistar
Flamin Fury PF 5B
Carored
MayfireSpring Prince
Manon (W)
July 6-July 12Harrow Diamond
Sugar May (W)
Ruby Prince
Sentry
Arctic Star (W)
Jade (W)

Harrow Dawn
Scarlet Pearl (W)

Flamin Fury PF 5D Big

Silvergem (NJ N100) Nectafest

July 13-July 19Glenglo
Garnet Beauty
Summer Serenade
Flamin Fury PF7 July Rose (NJ 354)
Arctic Glo (W)
Easternglo
Silvergem (NJ N100) (W)

Vulcan
BuenOs II (NJ F15)
Scarlet Rose (NJ 355) (W)

NJ PF 8 Ball

Honeyblaze
Avalon
July 20-July 26Flavorcrest
GaLa peach

Arctic Sweet (W)
Harblaze

Flamin Fury PF 11

BuenOs (NJ F15)
Saturn (NJ F1) (W)
Snowbride (W)
Vinegold

Brigantine (NJ N102)

Silverglo (NJ N 103) (W)

July 27-August 3

Flamin Fury PF 9A-007
John Boy
Redhaven
White Lady (W)
Flamin Fury PF Lucky 13
Starfire

Bellaire

Redstar

Harflame
Summer Beaut

Firebrite

Blazing Star
Snow Beauty (W)
Galaxy (W)
TangOs (NJ F 16)
Emeraude (W)
August 4-August 10Salem
Ernie's Choice
Coralstar
Klondike (W)
Bounty
Arctic Jay (W)
Flavortop
Sunglo
Harrow Fair
Flamin Fury PF 19A-007
Flamin Fury PF 20-007
TangOs (NJF17) (W)
Arctic Belle (W)
August 11-August 18Flamin Fury PF17
Loring
July Prince
Flamin Fury PF 22-007
Flamin Fury F 23
Flamin Fury PF 24-007 Contender
RedgoldAllstar
Flavorburst
Carolina Belle (W)
Glowingstar
Suncrest Beaumont
August 19-August 26August Rose (W)
Gloria
Cresthaven
Messina (NJ 352)
Fantasia Zephyr (W)

Sugar Giant (W)
Blushingstar (W)

Flamin Fury PF 24C

Honey Royale
August 27-September 3Flamin Fury PF 28-007
Flamin Fury PF 27A
Jerseyqueen
Redskin

Lady Nancy (W)
Summerfest

Flamin Fury PF 36-007

Selena (NJ 358)

September 3-September 10Autumnglo
Encore
Flameprince
Laurol

Autumn Star
Snow Giant (W)
Flamin Fury PF 35-007
Fat Lady

Tiana (NJ 359)

Arctic Pride (W)
September 11 and LaterParade
Victoria (NJ 353)

Big Red (CVN #3)
September Snow (W)

Flamin Fury PF Big George

"W" indicates the cultivar is white fleshed.
Table developed by Jerry Frecon, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University.

Source: Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide .

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