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Carolina Gold Peach on BY520-9. Nematode Resistant Peach/nectarine (Spring 2024)


An outstanding late-blooming freestone peach from NCSU. Also known as NC98-83.

Carolina Gold has a high chill hours requirement that rewards with a late bloom to avoid frosts. The young flower buds are resistant to cold injury and the tree is very resistant to bacterial spot. This is a high vigor and exceptionally productive cultivar. 

A mid-late season peach, this fruit is large (often 3" diameter) with firm, freestone flesh that is slow to brown after slicing. This is a great canner! Carolina Gold was also selected for its full flavor and aroma.

Carolina Gold comes from the breeding program at NCSU, which also produced Challenger, Contender, Intrepid, and Carolina Belle. This peach is a 1995 cross of Biscoe with a breeding selection derived from Encore crossed with Calanda San Miquel 2383. It was selected in 1998.

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Carolina Gold has a high chill hours requirement that rewards with a late bloom to avoid frosts. The young flower buds are resistant to cold injury and the tree is very resistant to bacterial spot. This is a high vigor and exceptionally productive cultivar. 

A mid-late season peach, this fruit is large (often 3" diameter) with firm, freestone flesh that is slow to brown after slicing. This is a great canner! Carolina Gold was also selected for its full flavor and aroma.

Carolina Gold comes from the breeding program at NCSU, which also produced Challenger, Contender, Intrepid, and Carolina Belle. This peach is a 1995 cross of Biscoe with a breeding selection derived from Encore crossed with Calanda San Miquel 2383. It was selected in 1998.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Peach
Subcategory: Freestone, Cold-Hardy, Disease-Resistant

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Biscoe x NC-C5S-067 (Encore x Calanda San Miquel 2383)
Origin: Sandhills Research Station, Jackson Springs, NC
Introduced in: 2004
Introduced by: NC State University

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 1050
Ripening date: Sep 12 (approximate, in New York State) +35 days after Redhaven

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: BY520-9. Nematode resistant peach/nectarine Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)
Tree spacing: See details
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Bacterial Spot: Very Resistant