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Prunus persica

'Peach' is a plant in the Prunus genus with a scientific name of Prunus persica.

Grows from 13 – 33 ft tall.12 The fruit has yellow or whitish flesh3, a delicate aroma, and a skin that is either velvety or smooth.

Has yellow fall color.2

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cherry blossom pink. The mature flowers are of a single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Pink-orange. Peach grows as a perennial and is an edible fruit. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Peach normally grows to a tree habit with a max height of 17.88 feet (that's 5.50 metres metric). This plant tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer. Popular varieties of Peach with home gardeners are Elberta, Dwarf peach, Red Haven, Babcock and Belle of Georgia.

China is thought to be the country of origin for Peach.

Peach needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

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How to grow Peach

  • Full Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

For colder areas look for young trees grafted onto cold tolerant rootstock.3

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. As a rough idea of the types of climates Peach does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 5 and 9. Ideally plant in loamy and sandy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 4.5 and 7.5 as Peach likes to be in moderately acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Peach is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Peach to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Peach from seed

Requires freezing and thawing cycle to break the pit and allow for germination.

Transplanting Peach

Late frosts can kill the blossoms. Try to plant where there will be some shelter from these.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Peach is a hardy plant.

Common Peach problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Peach plants:

Other names for Peach

Desert gold peach

Prunus persica (L.) Batsch var. nucipersica (Suckow) C.K. Schneid.

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