[NAFEX] Fwd: "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Thu Nov 15 10:34:02 EST 2007

Has anyone tried this peach?  It sounds very attractive for my small yard, 
if it's a good peach hardy in eastern mass.

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On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 06:17:52 -0800 "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com> 
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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 
>United States.
>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 
>are similar.
>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.
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