One of the first trees I planted that bore fruit, the peach tree presents striking spring blossoms and a bounty of fruit great for fresh eating… if the squirrels don’t get to it first.
Common Name: Peach
Scientific Name: Prunus persica
- Anti-inflammatory; promotes cardiovascular health.
Forest Garden Designing
- Plant Type: Medium-sized tree
- Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
- Layer Use: Understory canopy
- Pollination: Self-fertile
- Flowering: Late spring to early summer
- Leaf Shape: lanceolate, long, broad, pinnately veined
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Light: Prefers 6+ hours sunlight per day
- Shade: Tolerates moderate shade
- Moisture: Requires good drainage.
- pH: 6.0-6.5
Collect 1-year old hardwood cuttings after leaf fall. Soak cut end in root hormone for one day, and plant in rich potting soil. Warm the potted cutting from below with a heat mat and expose it to full sun. Roots grow after two months.
Prune to an open center, upside-down umbrella shape. Prune vigorous vertical shoots. Thin fruits a month after bloom, about six inches between each peach. Use a weekly spray regimen of whey on fruit to prevent brown fungus.