[NAFEX] Fwd: "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Nov 15 09:17:52 EST 2007
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From: ARS News Service <NewsService at ars.usda.gov>
Date: November 15, 2007 4:58:03 AM PST
To: ARS News subscriber <lonrom at hevanet.com>
Subject: "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers
Reply-To: ARS News Service <NewsService at ars.usda.gov>
Crimson Rocket Peach Making Its Way to Market
ARS News Service
Agricultural Research Service, USDA
Sharon Durham, (301) 504-1611, sharon.durham at ars.usda.gov
November 15, 2007
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Crimson Rocket peach trees look like tall, thin cousins of the more
classically-shaped peach trees. These "skinny" trees provide an
attractive, space-saving tree that produces full-size peaches that
could make their way to consumers in 2008.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Ralph Scorza and his
colleagues in the Appalachian Fruit Research Station at Kearneysville,
W.Va., developed the "columnar" variety. The tree was patented and
released in 2001 for experimental evaluation in orchards across the
Crimson Rocket has been licensed by several commercial nurseries in
Missouri, Pennsylvania and California. The trees have been in
commercial orchards for the last three years and Crimson Rocket fruit
may begin to appear in local marketplaces next spring.
A fully grown Crimson Rocket tree has a diameter of about five feet and
fits neatly into a small yard. In commercial settings, the compact
trees can be planted much closer together than conventional trees that
spread out to a width of 16 feet. Crimson Rocket's columnar shape
translates into more peaches per acre, while land and production costs
According to Scorza, Crimson Rocket was bred for high-density
production systems, allowing for a new concept in peach production. Its
shape also makes it a novel and useful fruit tree for home gardens.
Crimson Rocket has two copies of a naturally occurring gene that sends
the branches skyward. It produces yellow-fleshed, dessert-type peaches
that are firm, sweet and aromatic. The medium-sized fruit stores well
and softens when completely ripe.
ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research
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