New peach varieties developed by the United States Department of Agriculture are being distributed to commercial nurseries for production in the south-eastern US, to give growers better varieties to fill market need.

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service developed Scarletprince and Julyprince, making bud wood available to growers and nurseries. The varieties are planted to ripen at different times to extend the growing season, providing a steady supply of fruit to consumers.

Both trees are moderately resistant to bacterial spot disease and for both varieties, the fruit is almost 7.5 cm in diameter, round and firm, softening slowly on the tree and allowing it to be picked over a longer period than comparable varieties.