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Sir Prize Hass Avocado Tree


Sir Prize Hass fruit, with a cold winter tolerance. Large fruit, small seed, of season production, fruits in March through July. Flower is a type B so it also works as pollinator for your Lamb, Gwen and Hass trees. Avo life is getting too good to be true........!!! #5 $45.00

The original 'Sir Prize' mother tree was planted April 1986 at Mr. Bob Lamb's orchards, Camarillo, California. The tree was first tested in the spring of 1991 and currently has been expanded for testing in commercial growing areas throughout the California industry. 'Sir Prize' originated from an open-pollinated breeding cross with 'HX48' avocado as the maternal parent. The 'HX48' was itself a 'Hass' seedling, thus the 'Sir Prize' can be described as a "grandchild" of 'Hass'.

The 'Sir Prize' avocado has several distinguishing characteristics that make it commercially valuable: 1. The appearance of 'Sir Prize', although significantly different from 'Hass', is more 'Hass'-like than any previous commercial avocado of its type. When ripe, both the black color of the skin and the pear shape of the fruit will lead most consumers to recognize it as 'Hass', or at least a "Hass"-type. 2. The season of maturity averages 6-8 weeks earlier than 'Hass' in any one location. 3. The overall fruit size is larger than 'Hass', and size increase occurs earlier in the season, making early-season maturity even more important. Currently large-sized, early-season, 'Hass'-type avocados like 'Sir Prize' command premium returns to growers. 4. 'Sir Prize' is primarily classified as a Mexican-race avocado. Mexican race avocados are typically more cold resistant and are, therefore selected for inland valleys and other regions unsuitable for 'Hass'. Cold tolerance is currently being tested. 5. Early production data indicate a heavy yield potential. 6. The flower type is '13% the compliment of 'A' ('Hass'). Commonly avocados of the W-type are used for enhancing pollination of 'Hass'.

The fruit is pear shaped with a distinctive ridge along one side. The extent of the ridge is slight to moderate and becomes almost unrecognizable as the fruit loses moisture during the ripening process. Fruit size is significantly larger than 'Hass', averaging greater than 350 grams on juvenile trees. This large size is recognized as favorable in the early- season market period. The skin texture is a medium-minus, and not truly pebbled like 'Hass'. Although the skin is flecked with numerous tiny islands of varying yellow shades, giving the illusion of 'Hass'-like pebbles. The skin thickness is fine-plus, similar to the commercial variety 'Fuerte'. This skin thickness is commonly referred to as "thin" as compared with the "thick" 'Hass'. The skin is pliable and separates easily from the flesh. The flesh color is similar and indistinguishable from 'Hass'. Flesh fibers are few and insignificant. The seed size is described as "small", with an average seed to fruit ratio of 10-12%; comparable 'Hass' ratios average 15% or higher. The flesh quality is considered excellent, equivalent with 'Hass'; exceeding 'Hass' during the early-season period. Preliminary post harvest handling features appear promising and should be "more than acceptable."

'Sir Prize' is upright in tree form, although this character can be influenced by pruning. The leaf type and shape is more typical of the Mexican race avocados than 'Hass'. Young leaf anthocyanin pigment is present varying from light to moderate. No anise fragrance has been detected in the stems or leaves. Peak bloom period is earlier than 'Hass' by several weeks, the flower type is 'B'.