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Prunus persica 'Peregrine' (F) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Green and Red in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

peach 'Peregrine'

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

Peach 'Peregrine' produces light green and crimson, white-fleshed fruits in mid August to early September. This cultivar is best grown under cover, but in the south of England may be grown outside in a sheltered position

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist, but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect flowers from frosts with horticultural fleece. Best grown fan-trained, although in the south of England can be grown as a free standing bush

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Peaches are propagated by grafting onto rootstocks for fruit or can be propagated by seed, although the fruit from the seedlings is likely to be inferior in flavour to the parent. Seed-raised trees take four to five years to bear fruit

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Prune established fans in spring and summer. Free standing peaches are pruned in the same way as pruning acid cherries

Pests

Glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, and scale may be problematic, especially on wall-trained specimens or those grown in a glasshouse. Squirrels may damage fruit

Diseases

Protect peaches against peach leaf curl, by covering the plant from autumn to spring. Bacterial canker, silver leaf, brown rot and replant diseases may cause problems