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Tree Description: Through a breeding program that began in 1953, the University of Florida successfully developed numerous low chill peach varieties suitable for Florida’s mild climate. The varieties we carry will grow and produce fruit even as far south as Miami. In fact, they have fruited successfully in Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas. The fruit quality is equal to that of temperate-zone cultivars, and small commercial plantings can be found throughout central Florida. The trees are deciduous and lose their leaves each winter, but they are highly ornamental, otherwise making them an excellent choice for the home garden. Avg. Height x Width: 15' x 10'. Season: Spring. Damage Temp: 18F.
Scientific Name: Prunus persica
Common Name: Peach
Relatives: Apple, blackberry, chickasaw plum, capulin, loquat, mayhaw, pear, strawberry
Description: Peaches were introduced to the Americas by either the Spanish or the French, both of whom arrived in what is now Florida during the mid-1500s. Today, China is the leading producer of Peaches followed by Spain and Italy. In the United States, Peaches are available year-round with help from growers in Chile.
History: Peaches are native to China, where the earliest evidence of peach domestication is traced to the Zhejiang Province in the southeastern are of the country. Fossilized Peach stones were Peaches were carried via the Silk Road to the Mediterranean region, also known as the Fertile Crescent, where they flourished in the warm climate.
Importance: Peaches are an excellent source of vitamin A, B-complex vitamins thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, potassium, iron and phosphorus. They are also a good source of fiber, calcium, vitamins C, E, and K and a small amount of protein and sodium. Wild Peach varieties are found to be more nutrient-dense than cultivated ones.