Popular Yellow Peaches – Growing Peaches That Are Yellow

By: Amy Grant

Peaches may be either white or yellow (or fuzz-less, otherwise known as a nectarine) but regardless they have the same ripening range and characteristics. Peaches that are yellow are just a matter of preference and to those that prefer yellow flesh peaches, there are countless yellow peach cultivars.

About Peaches That are Yellow

There are over 4,000 peach and nectarine varieties with new ones constantly being bred. Of course, not all of these cultivars are available on the market. Unlike apple varieties, most peaches look similar to the average person, so no one variety has dominated the market, which allows peach tree breeders to continue to come up with new improved varieties.

Perhaps the biggest choice a prospective grower must make is whether to grow clingstone, freestone, or semi-clingstone fruit. Clingstone yellow peach cultivars are those whose flesh adheres to the pit. They often have fibrous, firm flesh and are usually the early-season yellow peach varieties.

Freestone refers to peaches where the flesh easily separates from the pit when the fruit is cut in half. People that want to eat peaches fresh out of hand often prefer freestone yellow peaches.

Semi-clingstone or semi-freestone, just means that the fruit is primarily freestone by the time it has ripened.

Cultivars of Yellow Flesh Peaches

Rich May is a small to medium early season variety, primarily red over yellow green clingstone with firm flesh and acidic taste and medium susceptibility to bacterial spot.

Queencrest is similar in all respects to Rich May but ripens slightly later.

Spring Flame is a medium semi-clingstone with good fruit size and flavor and a high susceptibility to bacterial spot.

Desire NJ 350 is a medium sized red over yellow colored clingstone.

Sunbrite is a small to medium clingstone peach that ripens around June 28-July 3.

Flamin Fury is a small to medium scarlet over greenish yellow clingstone with medium firm flesh and good flavor.

Carored is an early season small to medium yellow flesh clingstone peach with “melting” good flavor.

Spring Prince is another small to medium clingstone with fair to good flavor.

Early Star has firm melting flesh and is very productive.

Harrow Dawn produces medium peaches that are recommended for home orchards.

Ruby Prince is a medium sized, semi-clingstone peach that has a melting flesh and good flavor.

Sentry produces medium to large peaches, has low susceptibility to bacterial spot and ripens around the second week of July.

The list is improbably long for yellow fleshed peaches and the above is only a small selection based only on the number of days from ripening after Red Haven. Red Haven is a hybrid introduced in 1940 that is a consistent producer of semi-freestone peaches of moderate size with firm flesh and good flavor. It is somewhat of the gold standard for commercial peach orchards, as it is tolerant of low winter temperatures and a reliable producer.

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‘Majestic’ is one of largest peaches you can grow! The huge fruits from the ‘Majestic’ Peachtree are known for their juicy, sweetness and fantastic flavor. You can almost make a meal from one peach. This is a freestone peach with deep yellow flesh inside and yellow to red-blush skin outside. ‘Freestone’ means it's easier to get the stone (or pit) out of the center of this fruit than the clingstone varieties. A Majestic Peach is noticeably larger than many of varieties of peaches. ‘Majestic’ Peach is a summer favorite grown on a sturdy, disease-resistant tree. It is well deserving of its name. The tree itself is not very large with a mature height of about 10 to 12 feet. This smaller size makes it just perfect for the home garden or orchard with plenty of sunlight. Fragrant blossoms will add beauty to the tree in springtime, and 'Majestic' peach ripens in July-August.

The peach is the most adaptable of all fruit trees for home gardens. When planting, they should be spaced to allow a spread of 5-10 feet. At 3 or 4 years of age, they begin to bear large crops and reach peak productivity at 8 to 12 years. Peaches need clear, hot weather during their growing season and require well-drained soil as well as a regular fertilizing program. They also require heavier pruning than any other fruit trees to maintain size and encourage new growth. Most peach varieties are self-pollinating, not requiring a second tree. Cannot tolerate extreme winter cold or late frost. Peach leaf curl, brown rot, peach scab, and peach tree borer can be a problem.

Peach Variety: Carored

Hey, I’m Desmond Layne, Peach Specialist at Clemson University. Welcome to the Clemson Tiger Peach Network.

Today is June 2, 2011 and we’re in our second season of “Everything About Peaches”. This new series that we are beginning is called “Peach Picks for South Carolina”. Every week through the entire growing season we are going to be featuring the best cultivar for that particular week that is well suited for growing here in our state.

We are here at my variety test block at James Cooley’s Farm in Chesnee, SC. The first cultivar of the year that we featured was called Rich May. The second cultivar that we would like to feature this week is called Carored.

In our research trials over the last 5 years, the performance of Carored has been excellent. This cultivar was actually developed at Clemson University. It was released to the public in 2005. Because it is not patented, it is freely available for propagation. It typically ripens in the end of May or the early part of June depending on where you are located in the state.

For an early season peach, Carored has good size. It averages about 2 ½ to 2 ¾ inches in diameter. The fruit has a uniform, nice round shape and an excellent red overcolor (or blush). As you cut into the flesh you can see that it is yellow in its color. It is a melting flesh type and like most of our early season cultivars, it’s also clingstone.

Now, last week you’ll remember that Rich May definitely lived up to my expectations. So let’s see if Carored meets that same standard! “Mmmm. Now that’s a good peach!” Sweet, juicy … the juice is actually dripping off my elbows! That’s what you’re looking for!

Why not join us next week when we’ll show you another “Peach Pick for South Carolina”. You know, being a peach specialist is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

For more educational videos and information about peaches, you should visit my “Everything About Peaches” website at www.clemson.edu/peach. And if you would like to read my columns for the American Fruit Grower magazine, you can go to their website at www.growingproduce.com.

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at [email protected] or 1-888-656-9988.


Desmond Layne, PhD, Former Peach Specialist, Clemson University

Peach Variety: Julyprince

Hey, I’m Desmond Layne, Peach Specialist at Clemson University. Welcome to the Clemson Tiger Peach Network.

Welcome back to “Everything About Grapefruits” – I mean, really large peaches. Today is July 20, 2011 and it is a blistering hot day up here in Chesnee, SC at James Cooley’s farm where I have my variety test block. This is our second season of “Everything About Peaches”. This summer’s series is called “Peach Picks for South Carolina”. Every week throughout the entire growing season we’re featuring those cultivars that perform extremely well here in “The Tastier Peach” state.

You know when it comes to peaches, your favorite doesn’t last very long. In fact, most cultivars, we’re looking at a two-week harvest window. As you remember last week we featured Winblo which is my personal favorite. Its your traditional Southern peach. Its got yellow flesh, it melts in your mouth, sweet and juicy with some tanginess to it – super delicious!

Well, the next variety in sequence after Winblo that is really excellent is called Julyprince. Julyprince has many of the same traits that Winblo does but one thing that is a little bit different is that it is even bigger. Its very much known for its size.

In our Clemson University research trials over the last several years, the performance of Julyprince has been excellent. Julyprince was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture in Byron, Georgia. The breeder was Dr. Dick Okie. It was released to the public in 2008. Because it is a public release, you can freely propagate it.

Julyprince is a consistently large peach. It averages between 3 and 3 inches in diameter and that is really excellent for a peach this time of the year. It has a nice, yellow background color and red overcolor or blush that gives it that really attractive combination to make it a very pretty peach. It has a very nice, uniform, round shape. When you cut through the skin into the flesh you can see that its’ got yellow flesh. There is also some red pigmentation in the flesh. Its nothing to worry about – those are anthocyanin pigments which are excellent antioxidants making it a health benefit for you. Its also freestone and its melting flesh type.

If you remember last week when I tasted Winblo, I was sort of knocked off my feet. When you’re head over heels in love for something, it’s hard to imagine that you could find something that would be as good or even better. So let’s see how Julyprince tastes. Wow, mmmm, that is delicious! Sweet, juicy, if I was to eat some more of it, it would be dripping off my elbows! In fact, it’s the sweat right now that’s dripping off my elbows! This is a very nice peach. Its got all the things you’re looking for in a summertime treat.

Why don’t you join us next week when we’ll feature another “Peach Pick for South Carolina”. You know, making these videos is a whole lot of fun because of course I have to taste all of these peaches in the process. Since we make lots of mistakes while we’re recording it, I get to taste them lots of times! Anyway, being a peach specialist … it’s a rough job, mmmm, but somebody’s got to do it!

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at [email protected] or 1-888-656-9988.


Desmond Layne, PhD, Former Peach Specialist, Clemson University

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