[NAFEX] Dennis "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers

Dr.O'Barr Topgun at Otelco.net
Thu Nov 15 22:59:44 EST 2007

I would really like to see the peach tree pictures.

R. D. O'Barr,PhD
Zone 7

> Ginda,
> I have not planted the Crimson Rocket, but we have been using the 
> "columnar"
> training system for the past 3 years with 12 different varieties of 
> peaches.
> It is very important to keep the scaffold crotch angles at 90 degrees if
> possible.  If they are less than 90 degrees, the crotches get cankers in
> them and the scaffolds will break off with the weight of the fruit.  If
> anyone is interested I can post photos of our trees.
> Dennis Norton
> Royal Oak Farm Orchard
> http://www.royaloakfarmorchard.com
> http://www.theorchardkeeper.blogspot.com
> http://www.revivalhymn.com
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ginda Fisher" <list at ginda.us>
> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 9:34 AM
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Fwd: "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers
>> Has anyone tried this peach?  It sounds very attractive for my small 
>> yard,
>> if it's a good peach hardy in eastern mass.
>> ___
>> Ginda
>> ...... Original Message .......
>> On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 06:17:52 -0800 "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com>
>> wrote:
>>>Begin forwarded message:
>>>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
>>>--View this report online, plus photos and related stories, at
>>>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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