Pistachio (Pistacia vera L.) is a dioecious plant in which male cultivars that flower synchronously with the female are required for nut production. ‘Tejon’ is a new male pistachio whose pollen is shed early, overlapping the time of female receptivity of ‘Gumdrop’. It produces much pollen from many flowers, and the pollen shows good viability. ‘Tejon’, like ‘Gumdrop’, is precocious, producing flowers beginning in the fourth or fifth leaf. Early season flowering and fruiting pistachio cultivars are being developed through the University of California pistachio breeding program to provide early nut harvest and improve access to processing facilities. ‘Gumdrop’ (Kallsen and Parfitt, 2017a) is at full bloom about 6 d before ‘Golden Hills’ (Parfitt et al., 2007) female and the male pollenizer ‘Randy’ (Parfitt et al., 2010), the earliest commercial pollenizer. ‘Tejon’ was selected for flowering period overlap with ‘Gumdrop’ based on its high level of pollen production from many flowers and good pollen viability.
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