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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: ‘Liberty Joy’ Peach

item Chen, Chunxian
item Okie, William

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/28/2020
Publication Date: 4/27/2020
Citation: Chen, C., Okie, W.R. 2020. ‘Liberty Joy’ Peach. HortScience. 55(6):951-952.

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 ‘Liberty Joy’ (tested as BY06P1627) is released, which produces an attractive, almost full-blushed, firm peach ripening late June to mid-July, approximately at the ‘Scarletprince’ and ‘Redglobe’ season and a few days before ‘Contender’. It requires about 650 chill hours (CH) and is one reliable lower chill alternative in the season of ‘Scarletprince’ (850 CH), ‘Redglobe’ (950), and ‘Contender’ (1050) that do not crop well when chill is insufficient. ‘Liberty Joy’ is well adapted to the Southeastern climate and is suggested for trial wherever any of the cultivars is grown.

Technical Abstract: A new and distinct peach cultivar, ‘Liberty Joy’, produces firm, freestone, melting fruit with yellow flesh, normal acidity and good eating quality. The fruit typically ripen in late June to early July in Byron, Georgia, USA and have a high percentage of red blush with an attractive yellow ground color on skin surface, and usually are almost round with a slightly oblong apex in some years. The cultivar has a chilling requirement estimated at approximately 650 chill hours and is suited for medium- to high-chill areas. Trees crop reliably in most years and appear less vulnerable to spring freeze. It also has less likelihood to be devastated by insufficient chill due to its lower chill requirement.