Volume 39 Number 3 Article 10 Pages: 52-52
Year 1985 Month 7
Title: Bellaire Peach
In the orchards of Freddie Blair,
Martinsburg, West Virginia, a sport of
a Loring peach was discovered in
1977. Hilltop started testing and propagating it in 1979 and has since dis
tributed it for trials throughout peach
It has been appropriately named Bellaire (Test No.
244). Bellaire is a freestone and has an
exceptionally brilliant red blush over
a yellowish orange ground color.
fruit is pleasingly round and uniform
with very little fuzz.
The flesh is clear,
yellow, non-browning and ripens uniformly.
Flavor and quality are out
standing, according to test grower reports.
The ripening season is immediately
after Redhaven, or about 10 days
ahead of Loring, its parent.
and other evaluators agree that the
fruit sizes very well, in a class with
Loring, and better than Redhaven.
The crop can be harvested in two
pickings and still maintain its unusually bright color.
The fruit picks clean
with no tendency to tear, and shipping
firmness is said to be good.
The tree is strong, vigorous and
Foliage is very resist
ant to Bacterial Spot.
Based on observations, including this last test winter in Michigan and West Virginia,
tree hardiness is close to Redhaven
and better than Loring.
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