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Prunus, Flowering Peach

Deciduous, Trees, Flowers


Discussed here are ornamental members of the genus Prunus. Fruit trees belonging to this genus—collectively known as stone fruits—are described under their common names. See Almond; Apricot; Cherry; Peach and Nectarine; Plum (includes Prune); and Plum Hybrids.

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, and street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.

Prunus, Flowering Peach

Produces blossoms about 1 1/2 in. wide in late winter and early spring, before leafout. More widely adapted than fruiting peach but identical to it in other respects—plant size, growth habit, cultural needs, pruning requirements, and potential problems.

Some peach varieties produce both showy blossoms and good fruit; these are described under Peach and Nectarine. The following varieties have showy blooms, but the fruit is either absent or worthless. In areas with late frosts, choose late bloomers; early bloomers are best in regions with hot, early springs.

‘Early Double Pink’. Very early.

‘Early Double Red’. Deep purplish red or rose-red. Very early. Brilliant color is beautiful but is likely to clash with other pinks and reds.

‘Early Double White’. Blooms with ‘Early Double Pink’.

‘Helen Borchers’. Semidouble, pure pink, large (2 1/2-in.) flowers. Blooms late.

‘Late Double Red’. Later than ‘Early Double Red’ by 3 to 4 weeks.

‘Peppermint Stick’. Double flowers striped red and white; may also bear all-white and all-red flowers on the same branch. Midseason.

‘Weeping Double Pink’. Smaller than other flowering peaches, with weeping branches. Requires staking to develop a main stem of suitable height. Midseason.

‘Weeping Double Red’. Like above; has deep rose-red flowers. Midseason.

‘Weeping Double White’. White version of other weeping forms listed above. Midseason.

‘White Icicle’. Double white flowers. Blooms late.

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