Dwarf Peach 'Bonfire'

Prunus persica

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



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid 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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Springville, Alabama

Little Rock, Arkansas

Southington, Connecticut

Townsend, Delaware

Cumming, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Abita Springs, Louisiana

Westfield, Massachusetts

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Tecumseh, Michigan

Columbia, Missouri

Smithton, Missouri

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Lenoir, North Carolina

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania

Monaca, Pennsylvania

Moscow, Pennsylvania

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Frisco, Texas

Garland, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Orange, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Monroe, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 9, 2017, schiba from Montgomery, MA wrote:

What an amazing tree! Contrary to popular belief, this gorgeous shrub/tree will produce edible peaches that are snack-sized and free-stone. They ripen about late September and early October for my zone 6 in Massachusetts. Wait and see! The foliage is striking. I placed it by my front door so that passers-by can see this beauty. I have actually had people stop by my house on the road to ogle it from afar. I am most-pleased with this baby. I keep it in partial shade.


On Apr 11, 2015, RockWhispererOK from Bartlesville, OK wrote:

My tree began as a Two In One Dwarf Plum, from Stark's. Had to move it in July and a drought followed. For two years. After it began developing purple foliage, which is quite a striking background for purple flowers in the spring, I contacted Stark's to see what their rootstock had been. They didn't know and suggested I tear it out and start over with a new tree. I decided to leave it as is, cut it down to one trunk and pretty much ignored it. It makes peaches about the size of apricots that are mostly pit. But the flesh is very flavorful, the skin is easy to remove and it is a freestone. They make wonderful jam and really no more tedious to prepare than cherries are. It keeps wanting to be a bush and I think, now in 2015, I'll just let it do what it wants to do. Discovered what ... read more


On May 20, 2014, Themomma from Alamogordo, NM wrote:

I have one of these beautiful little trees. She is producing peaches now. The second year I was going to let her produce. Last year's late hard freeze killed off the blossoms. This year I have several small nice looking peaches on it. Between the spring desert winds, hot sun, watering two times a week she is looking great. I've read before that this is JUST an ornamental tree, well I think mine is proving otherwise. They can be a producing ornament. I planted this tree because I can't climb a ladder to get to the full size tree fruits. I love the hardiness of this tree also. In 4 yrs it's survived a blizzard, extreme drought, extreme heat and cold, a late freeze, and my clumsy attendance. If she can survive that and still be healthy and produce a fruit I love she has my vote.


On May 27, 2013, waterpolocat from Lawrence, KS wrote:

Love this little tree. Have had it for four years, surviving the last two extremely dry summers in Kansas. It stands on a corner of the house that gets brisk winds and has done exceptional!!! The blossoms are plentiful and beautiful. Produces tons of peaches but I usually pick them off.


On Apr 19, 2013, Greenthumbguy72 from Smithton, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fantastic ornamental for early, profuse spring color. Just bought one last fall for next to nothing just to give it a try. I couldn't be happier with its preformance this spring. Every stem is absolutely covered along the entire length with flowers and has been now for about two weeks. Can't wait to get another one.


On Nov 26, 2009, bgp1 from Tecumseh, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This tree grows extremely well in my yard. I bought it from a mail-order catalog and they told me it would grow 5 feet tall in 5 years. I have had it a little over a year and it grew 5 feet in the first year. The tree it planted in the front yard in a garden where it receives about 6 hours of full sun and then filtered sun.

The flowers are a whitish color and the leaves are a purple-green, turning a yellow-orange in the fall. The leaves seem to persist longer on the tree than most other trees in my yard. The deer tend to avoid this tree. Average watering needs. I have never had it over watered nor under watered. Pretty care-free and maintenance free. I have lightly pruned the tree to remove some branches which were a little too low.


On Jul 16, 2007, natrgrl from Abita Springs, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

La.(zone 8b)

I too have this wonderful little tree. It seems to be quite easy to take care of. I have mine planted in a large planter and it seems to require little water. The hang tag on this tree says that the fruit will ripen about mid august and gave a recipe for peach tarts. However the 8-10 peaches I have on it do not seem to be growing and I have read on several different searches that these trees are only ornamental. Even if that is so, they are still very beautiful trees that are beneficial to bees, birds, and butterflies.

For those of you looking for a dwarf size peach tree that produces beautiful delicious peaches I suggest trying the dwarf southern rose. You won't be disapointed. It reaches a height of about 5ft by 3-4ft. wide and has long slende... read more


On Apr 9, 2005, jestelleoan from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have a wonderful little tree. It is beautiful all year long. I have a small tree that came up from it and I put it in a pot for now. I had peaches last year but they just shrivelled up. Please tell me how to treat the tree so it will produce peaches this year. Thank you, Joan


On Apr 8, 2005, blckwolf256 from Springville, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have 2 .They are fantastic trees. BEAUTIFUL blooms in the spring, followed by purple leaves until fall. Everyone who has seen them have gone crazy over them.
One drops seeds that will sprout. The other throws suckers with green leaves, and never throws seedlings. It has fruit, but never produces seedlings.