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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- Does well in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, and well-drained soils (hardiness zones 5–9).
- Prefers full sun, with at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.
- Grows best in climates with low humidity during the growing season.
- Self-pollinates, but planting two or more together is suggested for best results.
- Can grow to be 10–20 feet high with a spread of 10–20 feet at full maturity.
- Grows at a moderate rate and will typically begin to bear fruit after 2–4 growing seasons.