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Research Project: Development of New Stone Fruit Cultivars and Rootstocks for the Southeastern United States

Location: Fruit and Tree Nut Research

Title: ‘Rich Joy’ Peach

item Chen, Chunxian
item Okie, William

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/27/2020
Publication Date: 3/2/2020
Citation: Chen, C., Okie, W.R. 2020. ‘Rich Joy’ Peach. HortScience. 55:4 591-592.

Interpretive Summary: The Southeastern US peach industry’s shipping market demands large, high-blushed, yellow-fleshed, normal-acidity, slow-melting, freestone peaches. A new peach cultivar named ‘Rich Joy’ (tested as BY92P2710) is released. It ripens with attractive, large, firm, slow-melting, freestone fruit approximately a week after ‘Julyprince’ and 2 weeks before ‘Flameprince’, which can fill the harvest gap between the two cultivars and is suggested for trial wherever the two cultivars is grown.

Technical Abstract: A new and distinct variety of peach tree, denominated ‘Rich Joy’, has firm, freestone, melting, yellow flesh fruit with normal acidity, rich flavor, good eating quality, and long shelf life on trees and after harvesting. The fruit typically ripen about one week after ‘Julyprince’ in mid-July in Byron, Georgia, have a high percentage of red blush with an attractive yellow ground color on skin surface, and usually are almost round with a slightly prominent suture. The tree is moderately vigorous and semi-spreading in growth habit, has self-fertile showy pink flowers, and regularly bears heavy annual crops. This variety has a winter chilling requirement estimated at approximately 850 chill hours and is suited for high chill areas.