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item Beckman, Thomas - Tom
item Krewer, Gerard
item Sherman, Wayne

Submitted to: Patent Application
Publication Type: Patent Application
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/27/2004
Publication Date: 1/27/2004
Citation: Beckman, T.G., Krewer, G.W., Sherman, W.B. 2004. Peach tree named Gulfking. Plant Patent No. 14,483 P2.

Interpretive Summary: N/A

Technical Abstract: The invention relates to a new distinct variety of peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] tree which is named Gulfking. This new variety produces highly colored clingstone, non-melting yellow flesh fruit which are suitable for the fresh market. Gulfking matures with Flordaking peach in early May in southwest Georgia. Gulfking retains fruit firmness at the full flavor, tree ripe stage for up to 10 days on the tree. Fruit shape is round with a recessed tip. Leaves have small reniform glands. Tree is adapted to a semi-mild winter climate, requiring approximately 350 chill units (cu). Flowers are showy and pink. Best adaptation will be in area where Flordaking has been grown successfully. Chief advantages of Gulfking over its nearest rival, Flordaking, are its superior shape, attractiveness, red blush, eating quality, freedom from split pits and especially firmness (due to its non-melting flesh).