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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: ‘Crimson Joy’ Peach

item Chen, Chunxian
item Okie, William

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/13/2020
Publication Date: 5/14/2020
Citation: Chen, C., Okie, W.R. 2020. ‘Crimson Joy’ Peach. HortScience. 55(6):972-973.

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 ‘Crimson Joy’ is released, which produces an attractive, almost full-blushed, firm peach ripening about a week after ‘GaLa’ and with ‘Harvester’ and ‘Redhaven’. It is more productive than ‘GaLa’ and also redder and firmer than the three cultivars. ‘Crimson Joy’ is well adapted to the Southeastern climate and is suggested for trial wherever the three cultivars are grown.

Technical Abstract: A new and distinct variety of peach tree, denominated ‘Crimson Joy’ (tested as BY99P3866), has firm, freestone, melting, yellow flesh fruit with normal acidity, and good eating quality. The fruit typically ripen approximately with ‘Harvester’ and about one week after ‘GaLa’ in early to mid-June in Byron, Georgia, have a high percentage of red blush with an attractive yellow ground color on skin surface, and usually are almost round. 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 700 chill hours and is suited for medium to high chill areas.