Peach Tree

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
Family: Rosaceae

Little House on Pine - Peach Tree

Peach tree at the Little House on Pine.

Medicinal Properties

  • 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

Planting Considerations

  • 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.

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