Elberta Peach (Prunus persica)
Category: Fruit & Nut Trees
The Elberta Peach is a fruit bearing tree, which is the most popular fruit tree variety in the United States. This tree bears large crops after 3 years to 4 years of growth and attains a complete potential after 8 years to 12 years of growth. This tree variety daily requires six hours to eight of sunlight and customary water to grow well and is not a famine-forbearing one. These trees are self-fertile, but they still need insects to pollinate their own flowers. The Elberta Peach tree has a fast growth rate and grows well only in full sun. These trees grow well only in grimy and well drained soils. The yellow freestone is succulent, ideal for canning, eating and freezing. When fully grown, the Elberta Peach tree attains a circular shape with its widespread branches.
A full-grown Elberta Peach tree is capable of attaining a height that ranges from 15 feet to 25 feet, with the widespread branches that spread between 8 feet and 20 feet. The normal tree grows to a height of 20 feet, and the dwarf grows to a height ranging from 8 feet to 10 feet.
The leaves of the Elberta Peach are lanceolate, with the length, ranging from 2.8 inches to 6.3 inches, and the breadth ranges from 0.79 inches to 1.18 inches, and they are pinnately veined.
The tree produces flowers in early spring, earlier than the leaves, which are found solitarily or in pairs. The flowers are usually found with a diameter, ranging from 2.5 cm to 3 cm. The color of the flowers ranges from shady pink to purple, with a pleasant smell.
The fruits of the tree are larger in size, with the pink color. The fruits are highly flavored, and they usually ripen between the last part of the July month and the opening part of the August month, though maybe 4 weeks to 6 weeks afterward in colder temperatures.
The fruits of the Elberta Peach tree are not only popular, but they are emblematic in several edifying traditions, such as in paintings, art and folk tales. Peach blooms are highly valued in Chinese civilization. The antique Chinese assumed the peach to have more energy than any other tree since their blooms come into view earlier than leaves sprout.
The lifespan of the Elberta Peach tree ranges from 15 years to 20 years.