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eden100
Edinburg, IL
(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2010
8:04 PM

Post #8044289

Have you ever heard of it? That is what we were told by the previous home owner. It is at least 15 years old but hasn't gotten any taller than 10 foot. This thing just wouldn't die even though it was planted way too close too a huge white pine. As a result it is lopsided but is loaded with peaches each year, although they are the size of an apricot. Lots of peaches that drop end up spouting. I saved 5 and planted them in another spot. The second year they flowered and produced a handful of peaches and the third year they were loaded with peaches. I didn't prune them since they don't get very tall and have an open habit. I have never found a name for it or any information that a dwarf peach tree with small fruits exists. Here is a photo of fruit.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 16, 2010
9:55 PM

Post #8044440

That's interesting. How is the flavor? I did not search for any dwarf information in my research, but there may be.
That picture shows a dense set of peaches. I wonder if they are all small because of not being thinned. I saw an almost immediate difference when I thinned my peaches. Next year, for fun, you might try removing many tiny peaches soon after they form, and just leaving one every five inches. You might see those getting bigger than the ones you leave alone.

One way or another though, it sounds like you have easy peaches!
eden100
Edinburg, IL
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2010
2:47 PM

Post #8047991

The flavor is peachy. :)
Weigela2
Mountain Grove, MO

July 23, 2012
6:59 AM

Post #9215451

hm, the fruit size might just be related to not thininning? otherwise, there are dwarf/patio peaches and nectariens to be found, but they are a certain type of dwarf. these trees have very short internodes (the stretch of twig in between two leaves or buds). I work with fruit professionally (Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, part of Missouri State University) and I would be interested in seeing some images?
susannehoward@missouristate.edu

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