Variety:  Kioto (S)

Species: Prunus armeniaca


Breeder, Place Pépinières Escande, Saint-Vite, France
Intellectual property Benoit Escande, Edition, France
Property rights registered for EU plant variety rights


Blooming date, -intensity medium to late blossom time, high to very high density also on one year shoots
Fertility self-fertile
Frost susceptibility low susceptibility of flower buds to winter frost


Ripening time medium, 12-15 days after 'Orangenaprikose'
Scale, shape medium, rounded, limited suture
Colour intense yellow orange ground colour, up to 75 % glossy red over colour, the fruit already starts colouring two weeks before maturity
Fruit flesh light orange, firm, juicy, skin also firm but of little concern
Taste at full maturity typical apricot flavour with balanced acidity
Cracking sensitivity low to medium, at full maturity high
Stone separability freestone
Plum pox susceptible
Storage good


Vigour weak to medium strong, good branching, very well adapted for central leader or espalier fruit tree training
Crop load high to very high, timely fruit thinning necessary


This very productive variety has a secure regular high yield and outstanding fruit qualities. The fruits impress with their bright colouring. The blossoms are very resistant to frost damage. Kioto (S) is a high-yielding variety that fruits also on one year shoots. To avoid exhaustion of the trees a regular pruning of fruit bearing wood and also fruit thinning is required for this self-fertile variety. Annual too high yields in successive years can lead to tree loss. Slightly negative characteristics of this variety are the high susceptibility to winter frost damage of the wood and the tendency to grow twin-fruits.


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