Average nut quality of test trees.

# Nuts / lb. % Kernel Kernel quality breakdown Specific gravity
   % Fancy % Standard % Amber   
51 45% 15% 27% 6% .74



Introduced in 1918 from a native selection in Jackson County, MS. (Thompson and Young, 1985).


*Note: This is an older cultivar planted in the Young Variety Test at the Tifton Campus. Trees were planted decades ago when care was very different than it is now, and trees received much less care, so production data will reflect this fact. Trees began receiving insecticides in 1962, fungicides in 1970, nitrogen in 1962, and drip irrigation in 1975. The data for this cultivar was collected by several individuals, but the bulk of the data and the comments are from my predecessor Dr. Ray Worley. This information was originally published here: Worley and Mullinix, 1997.

An attractive, large in-shell nut with high yield (second place at 25, 30 and 35 years). Its thick shell and low percentage fill make for a low percentage kernel (45). Would be attractive for the in-shell holiday market, but low percent kernel would be a problem for shellers. Not recommended.

Production record of test trees beginning in year planted

'Davis' production from the Young Variety Test. Each colored line represents the yearly production in pounds of nuts from an individual tree beginning the year planted.

Alternate Bearing Intensity* = 0.40

*Computed from mature trees using data from years after trees began receiving fertilizer and pesticide sprays.