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PlantFiles: Peach
Prunus persica 'Tropic Snow'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: persica (PER-see-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tropic Snow

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive girlbug2 On Jun 7, 2011, girlbug2 from Westminster, CA wrote:

Of the six low chill peach varieties I have tried, Tropic Snow outperforms them all. In many ways it is the ideal peach: nice spring display of light pink blossoms, heavy fruit set, not susceptible to most diseases except peach leaf curl, and the fruit deserves a special mention. They tend to be on the medium/small side, pretty,rounded, pale colored with a soft peachy pink blush and sometimes faint greenish coloring on the skin even when ripe. The flesh is white, smooth, aromatic and very juicy.

Tropic Snow peaches are consistently sweet even when ripening in our cooler May and June weather which tends to stay in the upper sixties or low seventies. Normally, white peaches aren't my thing as I tend to prefer the higher acid ratio of yellow peaches, but Tropic Snow gets just enough acid in there for a rich flavor. It is the one white peach I make room for on my tiny lot.

Positive vossner On Jan 26, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Requires only 200 chill hours, so perfect for Houston area. Beautiful flowers are reason enough to grow this peach, but the fruit is outstanding too. As people in my area become aware of this cultivar, is becoming harder to get because of high demand.

Positive Kameha On Apr 21, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

What can I not say about this beautiful tree? I missed peaches after I moved to Florida and discovered that there are tropical low-chill peaches for growing in Central and Southern Florida...and I bought this variety and I've been happy with it since!

I'd grow it just for its spring flowers let alone the delicious fruit it provides. The flowers are just as beautiful as almond (its cousin) blossoms. Mine bloom in late january through february but farther north they'd bloom later and farther south they'd bloom sooner. The flowers are self pollinating so you only need one tree. They are a low-chill peach, requiring only 200 hours to break dormancy. People grow them even in frost-free south Florida!

The peaches ripen mid-may here and they are a deliciously sweet, low acid white peach.

The tree is usually on the small side and grows very fast! If you have sandy soil make sure you add lots of organic matter like manure into the soil at the planting site and you might want to add lime if your soil is acidic. They prefer 6.0-7.0 pH. Make sure you plant them in a well drained area! They cannot tolerate any flooding or standing water whatsoever.

I fertilize them with 10-10-10 in February, May, and July, adding some lime in august. I mulch them with organic mulch and manure. Prune when the tree is dormant in winter and trim off at least a 1/3 of the new growth each year.

To sum things up...if you want a tree that grows very fast to a height of 12-18 feet and generally stays at that heigh, provides beautiful flowers, makes nice shade in spring, summer, and fall, and produces delicious fruit--then the "tropic snow" peach is for you!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Rialto, California
Vista, California
Westminster, California
Bradley, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Thonotosassa, Florida
Kailua, Hawaii
La Feria, Texas
Needville, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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