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Peach

Prunus persica

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

10m

5m

Min

4m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Harvest when fully ripe, meaning that there is no green left on the fruit. They should come off the tree with a slight twist. Fruits found on the top and outside of the tree usually ripen first. Be careful when picking because some varieties bruise easily.

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Peach Overview

Peach trees are deciduous fruit trees. The single, large seed is red-brown, oval shaped, and is surrounded by a wood-like husk. Peaches, along with cherries, plums and apricots, are stone fruits (drupes). There are various heirloom varieties, including the Indian peach, which arrives in late summer. Cultivated peaches are divided into clingstones and freestones, depending on whether the flesh sticks to the stone or not; both can have either white or yellow flesh. Peaches with white flesh typically are very sweet with little acidity, while yellow-fleshed peaches typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness, though this also varies greatly. Both colours often have some red on their skin. The ancient Chinese believed the peach to possess more vitality than any other tree because their blossoms appear before leaves sprout. When early rulers of China visited their territories, they were preceded by sorcerers armed with peach rods to protect them from spectral evils. On New Year's Eve, local magistrates would cut peach wood branches and place them over their doors to protect against evil influences. Peach kernels are a common ingredient used in traditional Chinese medicine to dispel blood stasis, counter inflammation and reduce allergies. Many famous artists have painted still life with peach fruits placed in prominence. Caravaggio, Vicenzo Campi, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Henri Jean Fantin-Latour, Severin Roesen, Peter Paul Rubens, Van Gogh are among the many influential artists who painted peaches and peach trees in various settings.

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How to propagate Peach

Seed

Sow seeds in earl Spring to produce seedlings.

Cuttings

Graft cultivars on the growing seedling to produce fruit in the future of the same cultivar.

Special features of Peach

Attracts useful insects

Attracts birds

Hedge plant

Autumn colour

Other uses of Peach

Can be grown in pots and containers. Blossoms well

Medicinal

Peach kernels are used in traditional Chinese medicine to dispel blood stasis, counter inflammation and reduce allergies.

Edible

Fruits

Peach

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