The tasty FlordaCrest peach tree is the best overall peach for North Florida —and for good reason! It was created by the University of Florida and has become very popular recently.
The Florida peach tree produces delicious red skinned and yellow fleshed fruit that ripen in mid-May and require 350 chill hours. The Florida Crest will flower beginning in February and should be fertile in early spring for best results.
This peach variety is semi clingstone meaning it’s yellow flesh will grip the fruit’s pit even while eating. These fleshed peach stone fruits have a long shelf life and are relatively disease resistant.
The cross pollination from this tree is excellent for other peach, plum, and nectarine trees. Fun fact: peaches and nectarines are the same species. Nectarines are commonly referred to as different. This is because of the absence of 1 gene that causes the loss of the fruit-skin trichomes that make it fuzz-less.
How to Take Care of a Peach Tree
This Florida crest peach cultivar is low maintenance and prefers well-drained and sandy loam soils as well as full sun exposure. Watering regularly, especially during dry periods, will ensure good health for this peach tree especially during the first year of planting. Water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.
Prunus persica FlordaCrest grows up to 12-15 feet tall and wide making it a perfect peach fruit tree for small spaces. Produces fruit in 1-3 years after planting.
A slow release fertilizer or 10-10-10 fertilizer will help the planted peach tree’s growing conditions. Apply at the base of the tree. Fertilizer helps with brown rot and peach leaf curling. As young peach trees, they require an inch of water per week during the growing season.
Prune the peach tree annually for diseased or dead branches. Prune the side branches and thin the fruit if the branch becomes too heavy.
This red blush variety ripens in early summer and can be grown in department of agriculture zones 8 and 9 of the southern United States. A true fruit tree of the deep south. We have even seen these mature trees growing in central Florida and south Florida.
If you live in an area with warmer summer, you can always grow your peach in a large container and move to the shade in the hot summer heat. Same goes for areas lower than USDA zone 8, move the tree indoors in the winter.
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Check out the Peach Grow Guide for more information on growing peaches in your backyard!
Prunus persica 'FlordaCrest'
- Edible, sweet fruit
- Low chill hours required