Elberta Peach Tree
Most popular of all peaches. This yellow freestone is juicy, ideal for eating, canning and freezing. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours of sunlight daily and regular water. They are not drought-tolerant. (self-fertile) (zones 5-9)
The standard Elberta peach grows to a height of 15–25′ and a spread of around 15–20′ at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of 8–10′ with a spread of up to 10′.
Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
The Elberta peach grows well in sandy and well-drained soils. It is not drought-tolerant.
- Produces juicy, yellow freestone fruit with a crimson blush–ideal for eating, canning, freezing and jam making.
- Yields ripe fruit typically from late July to early August, though may be 4–6 weeks later in colder climates.
- Is self-fertile but provides a better crop when planted in multiples.
- Begins to bear large crops at ages 3–4 and reaches full potential at ages 8–12.
- Blooms in the spring, with a profusion of dark pink to purple flowers.
- Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 800–950. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
- Grows in a rounded shape.
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Hardiness ZonesThe green giant arborvitae can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–7.
Sun PreferenceFull sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
- Will grow up to 3' per year until maturity.
- Darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter.
- Requires little or no pruning but can be sheared easily if necessary.
- Should be planted 5–6' apart for a screen or hedge.
- Is a public domain tree, meaning anyone can propagate it from cuttings.
- Has no serious disease or pest problems.
- Features tiny, scale-like, glossy green leaves that are packed closely together in overlapping rows on divided branchlets, displaying in a flattened, fan-like spray.
- Yields 1/2" long oblong cones that emerge green in the summer and turn brown in the winter.
- Releases a pleasing aroma when leaves are squeezed.
- Tolerates wind once established and withstands heavy ice or snow, making it a good choice for a fast-growing windbreak.
- Shows better resistance to browsing by deer than most arborvitae.
- Grows in a pyramidal shape.