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Desiree peach / nectarine

Prunus persica
Desiree is a self-fertile early-season yellow-fleshed peach.

USDA identification images for Desiree

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Prunus persica
    • Parentage: Garnet Beauty x Sentry
    • Developed by: New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University


    • Picking season: Early
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary


    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Hot (>30C / 86F)
    • Chill requirement: High-chill 850 hours


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 2000
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark

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