This peach tree is in the front of my house. I was told when I bought the house it was an Ornamental Peach. Ornamentals are supposed to be poisonous. Right? I have a friend who tried the peach and that was three years ago and she is still living. The peach is small. Not as big as a golf ball. It usually has peaches on it in June. So I am wondering is it an Ornamental Peach or something else. As you can see it is beautiful when it is blooming. I just took this picture today 1/25/2013 and I fear it will get frost bitten before winter's end. But if it does it will bloom again but just not as much. Can anyone tell me for sure what it is?
Ornamental peaches wouldn't be poisonous, they just wouldn't necessarily taste very good since they were bred for their flowers & general appearance not their tasty fruit.
I agree w/ecrane3 ... when I was a kid, many moons ago, my parents had double-flowered ornamental peaches. The fruits were smaller than "edible" peaches but the pits were the same size. As I recall, the fruits were rather sour and flavorless, but obviously not toxic as my siblings and I are still alive. For most Prunus spp, it is the seeds (enclosed in the pit shells) that are toxic due to cyanide compounds - one exception is almonds.
OK, so we are saying it does look like an Ornamental peach? The peaches, although small, are very good. Last year the blooms looked about like they do now and they got bit. There were not as many peaches and they were not as good as usual. I really think the extreme heat got to them last year. I am hoping for a big batch this year. Thanks all for your information.
Flowers seem slightly larger than normal, but aren't huge or double. I would say it could possibly be an "ornamental". If you are Florida, maybe that is as good as it gets for peaches. In fact, you are probably lucky to get enough chill hours to get blooms and fruit at all.
Concur with above - FRUIT not poisonous - but the leaves are another story. I have heard conflicting information on whether or not the pits are poisonous.
I've a neighbor that has 3 Peach trees that all started from the pits of store bought. They are currently blooming and look like what you have pictured here. They(my neighbors) say that the fruit that they get are very good. The fruit is very small…And I've heard that trees grown from pits are not 'true' and not very good. Some say bitter. Comments appreciated…..
I have some volunteers from pits that are very good - one of them has showier blossoms than your ornamental. I also have a couple of volunteers that have been only so-so, I am tearing them out. So - a volunteer may or may not come true from seed - best to just wait and see. Your neighbor could probably get larger fruit by thinning - if you have a heavy crop, especially on a small tree, the fruit is going to be small.