‘GulfAtlas’ peach is jointly released for grower trials by the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service (Byron, GA), Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station, and Florida Agricultural Experiment Station. The ‘Gulf’ prefix indicates this variety was developed for the lower coastal plain, which is largely the Gulf of Mexico region, but also includes a small portion of the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Florida.
Trees of ‘GulfAtlas’ are vigorous, semispreading, and produce an attractive, sweet-tasting, yellow, and non-melting flesh fruit intended for the fresh fruit market. It is expected to produce fruit with tree-ripened taste while retaining firmness for longer shelf life than fruit from conventional melting-flesh cultivars. ‘GulfAtlas’ is suggested for trial in north Florida and south Georgia.
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