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Denomination: 'V55061'
Trade name: Vollie
Botanical Name: Prunus persica
Applicant/Holder: University of Guelph
Research Innovation Office
Building #92, 50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1
Breeder: Jayasankar Subramanian, University of Guelph - Vineland Campus, Vineland Station, Ontario
Application Date: 2006-05-05
Application Number: 06-5471
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-11-30
Certificate Number: 3090
Date rights revoked: 2013-04-22

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Harrow Diamond', 'Redhaven', 'Bounty' and 'Cresthaven'

Summary: Flowering buds of 'V55061' are generally isolated, whereas those of 'Harrow Diamond', 'Redhaven', 'Bounty' and 'Cresthaven' are generally grouped. 'V55061' has smaller petals than 'Harrow Diamond' and larger petals than 'Bounty' and 'Cresthaven'. The time of maturity of 'V55061' is much later than that of 'Harrow Diamond' and 'Redhaven' and slightly later than that of 'Bounty'. The fruit of 'V55061' is slightly flat in profile, whereas that of 'Harrow Diamond', 'Redhaven' and 'Cresthaven' is rounded, and that of 'Bounty' is ovate. The fruit flesh of 'V55061' is more firm than that of 'Redhaven' and 'Bounty'. The fruit of 'V55061' has anthocyanin around the stone, whereas that of 'Harrow Diamond' does not. The size of the stone compared to the fruit is smaller in 'V55061' than in 'Redhaven' and 'Bounty'.


TREE: normal type, moderate vigour, semi-erect
BARK: grey bark, grey winter bark

LEAF BLADE: very large, flat, tip recurved downwards, obtuse angle at base, acute angle at tip, no anthocyanin colouration, weak to moderate serration
PETIOLE: medium in length, normally more than two kidney-shaped nectaries
FLOWERING SHOOT: weak to moderate anthocyanin colouration, moderate density of flower buds, generally isolated flower buds

FLOWERING: mid-season to late, short period
FLOWER: campanulate
CALYX: red purple
PETAL: five, rounded, medium in size, blue pink, weak to moderate striping
ANTHERS: stamens equal in length to petals, presence of pollen
OVARY: always a pistil, stigma at same level or above anthers, pubescent

FRUIT: medium to large, slightly flat in profile, dimpled tip, asymmetric along the suture, moderately prominent suture, weak tendency to fall naturally, late maturing, short picking season
STALK CAVITY: shallow, medium in width
SKIN: orange-yellow ground colour, sparse to moderate pubescence, thin to moderately thick, bright red punctuated anthocyanin colouration covering about half of the skin surface
FLESH: strong to very strong adherence to skin, firm, yellow to orange-yellow, no anthocyanin, no anthocyanin directly under skin, anthocyanin colouration around the stone, not stringy, non-melting texture, intermediate acidity, intermediate juiciness

STONE: small to medium in size, elongated, red, absent or very low percentage of split or shattered stones, slight adherence to flesh

DISEASE RESISTANCE: moderate resistance to canker (Cytospora spp.), moderate resistance to brown rot (Monilinia fruncticola), susceptible to bacterial spot (Xanthomonas campestris pv. pruni)
COLD HARDINESS: medium hardy

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'V55061' was developed at the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario, Vineland Station, the tree fruit research station from the University of Guelph. The new peach variety arose from a cross between varieties 'Redskin' and 'Kalhaven', made in 1955.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'V55061' were conducted at the Vineland Campus of the Department of Plant Agriculture of the University of Guelph, Vineland Station, Ontario. The trial included 4 trees of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the the 1966 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'V55061' with reference varieties 'Harrow Diamond', 'Redhaven', 'Bounty' and 'Cresthaven'

Length of leaf (mm)

  'V55061' 'Harrow Diamond' 'Redhaven' 'Bounty' 'Cresthaven'
mean 150.3 126.5 112.8 130.4 126.6
std. deviation 13.65 12.75 13.15 16.08 12.01

Width of leaf (mm)

  'V55061' 'Harrow Diamond' 'Redhaven' 'Bounty' 'Cresthaven'
mean 38.0 36.7 35.0 40.1 32.5
std. deviation 2.6 3.6 1.9 5.5 3.4

Colour of calyx

  'V55061' 'Harrow Diamond' 'Redhaven' 'Bounty' 'Cresthaven'
(RHS) 147D 147D 60C 60D 60D

Colour of petals

  'V55061' 'Harrow Diamond' 'Redhaven' 'Bounty' 'Cresthaven'
(RHS) 73C 65D 70D 62C 62C

Ground colour of skin

  'V55061' 'Harrow Diamond' 'Redhaven' 'Bounty' 'Cresthaven'
(RHS) 16B 16C 13D 4B 1D

Anthocyanin colouration of skin

  'V55061' 'Harrow Diamond' 'Redhaven' 'Bounty' 'Cresthaven'
(RHS) 33B 33B 48C 48C 45D

Ground colour of flesh

  'V55061' 'Harrow Diamond' 'Redhaven' 'Bounty' 'Cresthaven'
(RHS) 16B 21B 19B 7C 18A

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Peach: 'V55061' (left) with reference varieties 'Harrow Diamond' (centre left), 'Redhaven' (centre), 'Bounty' (centre right) and 'Cresthaven' (right)

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