Looking for peach scion: Dixigem or Coronet

milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)September 5, 2012

My sister-in-law's family used to own an orchard in Oregon with a peach called, "Dixie Gem". I would like to find someone who has this tree. When I asked if I could get scion I was flatly refused; probably an non-proliferation agreement. Her father apparently had the trees custom grafted.

I don't know for sure, but I imagine it is also called, "Dixigem". Clemson University lists it as one of the parents of "Coronet".

I would even be happy with the seeds from this variety.

I've been searching for several years now. The closest I have gotten is Cumberland Valley, which sells Coronet, but they require $100.00 minimum (17 trees).

I found this old article from Auburn University that has some information about Dixigem.

Here is a link that might be useful: Peach varieties for Alabama

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Amazing. My uncle grew the variety Dixie Gem as part of his commercial orchards in 1965. This was near the town of Aurora, Oregon.

Although the Auburn article calls it medium-sized, the Dixie Gems I ate were larger than softballs, almost filling a soup bowl. Must have weighed nearly a pound. My uncle did thin his peaches.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:48PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)


Yes, the Dixie Gem I am talking about are huge and they are meltingly delicious and juicy and boy I want to get my hands on one of those trees.

The U-pick I am speaking of is in Aurora, so maybe it's the same one.

If I recall they were ripe in mid-July.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 12:06AM
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We used to eat them outside because they made such a juicy mess, you almost had to head straight for the shower to clean up. In 1965 there was no U-pick, just commercial harvest for Elbertas and I think the Dixie Gems were just for family use. In years after, they were obviously getting a larger Dixie crop. I have not been there for many years.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 11:53PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)


The trees in this particular orchard are about 25 years old. I know that they were custom grafted. The peaches are very fragile and cannot be shipped. It doesn't sound like the "Dixigem" grown in the South.

I guess it's time to just give up.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 1:11AM
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