Peach 'Elberta'

Prunus persica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: persica (PER-see-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Elberta
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Edible Fruits and Nuts


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gaylesville, Alabama

Deer, Arkansas

Davis, California

Cleveland, Georgia

Meridian, Idaho

Frankfort, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Urbandale, Iowa

Capac, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Aurora, Missouri

Piscataway, New Jersey

Clifton Park, New York

Huntersville, North Carolina

Felicity, Ohio

Bend, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bandera, Texas

Cibolo, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Little Elm, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Troy, Virginia

Grand Mound, Washington

Rochester, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 9, 2016, Wesee_Wisee from Batesville, AR wrote:

We live in east central Arkansas where winters and summers are extreme, with the addition of chronic cloudy heavy rain periods in April and especially May. I've always felt that low humidity, soils high in trace elements, and irrigation grow the best peaches after experiencing two years living in northern Utah where they had the best peaches I've ever tasted, better than Georgia peaches. To say the least, growing peaches in east central Arkansas is a challenge as peaches require clear sunny days.

Our property has a lot of tall trees, so our Elberta dwarf doesn't get a full day of sun, more like 6 hours, so that is a minus right there. Also, we are on a northeastern slope and don't get a constant breeze. Another minus. But, after 4 years we finally got some peaches on o... read more


On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Blooms in April in my garden ... not quite sure about harvest because the squirrels got them.


On Apr 20, 2010, AnthonyR from Ocean Springs, MS wrote:

I live on the MS gulf coast where we have mild winters. I've had 2 Elberta trees for 3 years now without any peaches. I did not know when I bought them that they required some 500-700 chill hours. After our unusally cold winter this year I have peaches growing on the tree dispite the grievous wounds the trees suffered from my stupid lawn man last year (he's never getting hired back). So the Elberta will produce peaches on the upper gulf coast but they need a colder winter than normal to do so.


On Dec 16, 2009, go4broek from Cibolo, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This variety also does well in heavy, alkaline soil.


On Mar 9, 2009, telosphilos from Little Elm, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I planted one last fall. It is currently blooming. According to the 'experts' it isn't the best peach for Texas, but should do decently, but not outstandingly in our area.


On Sep 26, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

The skin is red blushed over a deep golden yellow color. This is a high quality eating and canning peach. Elberta peaches have a small pit-to-fruit ratio.

Along with the delicious fruit, its a beautiful tree. In the spring, rose-red blossoms will fill the air with fragrance. And it grows well in a wide geographic belt, from Zone 5 all the way through the northern portion of Zone 9.


On May 26, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Every year this tree makes peaches and every year the squirrels strip the tree of the little, unripe peaches. Last year I pruned off all branches below 5' and this year I put a big squirrel baffle (like you use for bird feeders) on the trunk and I have peaches still forming. I am hopeful I might actually get to enjoy some of MY peaches.

I have tried many other tactic - none of which worked. Maybe this will.


On May 25, 2006, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought a dwarf Elberta peach, which is the same peach but on a dwarf rootstock I believe. It is growing well here in Iowa as evidenced by my picture I have posted. When I purchased it, spring 2005, it was covered in blooms. No peaches came though. This year, 2006, it leafed out in early May or maybe it was late April, but it never bloomed, and of course no peaches. Maybe the blooms froze. The leaves are pretty though and I like the form, even if it doesn't have peaches.

Edited: July 1, 2008. Changed to positive from neutral. This peach tree finally bloomed for the first time this spring since I planted it in 2005. I think the conditions were just perfect. It is now absolutely covered in small greenish peaches, about the size of large walnuts. They are looking fa... read more


On Apr 7, 2006, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Just planted one of these today! It's got really pretty pink blossoms. Doubt that we'll see peaches this year, but maybe next!


On Jan 14, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was the most popular main season peach when I was a kid. A nice size, yellow fleshed freestone. A good all purpose peach. There were and are better flavored peaches, but this one is dependable.