Prunus persica is a deciduous tree growing to 6 m (19ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. A flower can be bloom in April, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
The Peach tree is believed to have originated in China where it is known to have existed as far back as 2000 BC, and is supposed to arrived in North America by way of St. Augustine, Florida. Generally, the first good crop of peaches won't be produced until about 5 years after planting. While the fruit is typically covered with fuzz, there are varieties referred to as Nectarines that have a smooth skin.
- USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
- Well drained, acidic soil
- Is somewhat drought tolerant
- Can attain a height of 25ft