- This variety has the longest ripening season of any we offer. Although it is not quite as cold hardy as Celeste, it will, if injured by a freeze, produce fair-to-good crops on sucker wood the next season. This is an advantage in areas troubled by late spring frosts. The tree is vigorous, very large and productive . The fruit is medium to large, with a reddish-brown skin tinged with purple. The pulp is reddish-pink and of good quality. Its fruit has a short, plump stem and moderately closed eye which reduces fruit souring on the tree. The fruit is nearly seedless and has a mild sweet flavor. Early crop fruit is very large, sometimes 2 inches in diameter. The fruit is excellent for making home preserves.