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Prunus armeniaca 'Newcastle'

This small to medium sized round, soft flesh juicy fruit has fantastic flavour. It has light orange/yellow red tinged skin. Newcastle produces good crops and may need thinning. It ripens in November and is self fertile and is popular with home gardeners. It is extremely versatile - use either fresh or cooked.

Maturity: Late November.

Fruit size: Small to medium.

Fruit shape: Round.

Skin: Yellow/orange with a red tinge.

Flesh colour: Pale orange.

Texture: Soft.

Flavour: Sweet and juicy, fantastic flavour.

Chill: Low chill - suited to coastal areas.

Yield: Highly productive.

Pollinators: Self fertile.

Tree shape: Deciduous dense spreading tree.

Flower: White/pinkish flowers with 5 petals and many stamens in Spring.

Height: Small 8-12m.

Leaf colour: Green with a red tinge.

Growing conditions: Prefers a mediterranean climate.

Cultivation notes: Requires good water over the growing season. Is frost sensitive. Plant in full sun with fertile well drained soils. Fruit may need thinning to increase overall fruit size.

Harvest notes: Pick when firm. If fruit is unripe store at room temperature in a dark place. Once fully ripe fruit will last 1-4 days in a plastic bag in the fridge. Handle carefully as fruit bruises easily.