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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Peach Cultivars

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

Breeding programs at the USDA in Kearneysville, West Virginia, and at 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 of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension System.

In recent years interest has grown in white-fleshed peaches and nectarines. In the table below, the white-fleshed cultivars are indicated with an asterisk next to their name. 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)
Sunbrite
Flamin Fury --PF 5B
Carored
MayfireQueencrest
Earlistar
Spring Prince
Manon (w)
July 6-July 12Harrow Diamond
Sugar May --(W)
Ruby Prince
Sentry
Arctic Star --(W)
Jade (W)
Harrow Dawn
Scarlet Pearl --(W)
Silvergem (NJ --N100)
July 13-July 19Glenglo
Garnet --Beauty
Summer --Serenade
Flamin Fury --PF7
Arctic Glo --(W)
Easternglo
Silvergem --(W)
Vulcan
BuenOs --(NJF18)
Scarlet Rose --(W)
Honeyblaze
Avalon
July 20-July 26Flavorcrest
Gala peach
Arctic Sweet --(W)
Harblaze
BuenOs II --(NJF15)
Saturn (W)
Snowbride (W)
Vinegold
Flamin Fury PF --11
July 27-August 3Early Loring
Flamin Fury PF 15A
John Boy
Redhaven
White Lady --(W)
Flamin Fury --PF Lucky 13
Starfire
Harflame
Summer --Beaut
Blazing Star
Flamin Fury --PF9A-007
Snow Beauty --(W)
Galaxy (W)
TangOs NJF 16
Emeraude (W)
August 4-August 10Salem
Ernies Choice
Coralstar
Klondike (W)
Bounty
Arctic Jay --(W)
Flavortop
Sunglo
Harrow Fair
Flamin Fury PF --19A-007
Flamin Fury PF --20-007
TangOs II NJF --17 (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
RedgoldAllstar
Flavorburst
Carolina Belle --(W)
Glowingstar
Suncrest
August 19-August 26August Rose --(W)
Gloria
Cresthaven
Messina NJ --352
Flamin Fury --PF 25
FantasiaSugar Giant --(W)
Blushingstar --(W)
Honey Royale
August 27-September 3Flamin Fury --PF 28-007
Flamin Fury --PF 27A
Jerseyqueen
Redskin
Zephyr (W)
Lady Nancy --(W)
Summerfest
September 3-September 10Autumnglo
Encore
Flameprince
Laurol
Autumn Star
Snow Giant (W)
Yukon King (W)
Flamin Fury PF 35-007
Fat Lady
Artic Pride (W)
September 11 and LaterParade
Victoria NJ --353
Big Red (CVN --#3)
September --Snow (W)

"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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