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Prunus persica 'Avalon Pride' (F)
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peach 'Avalon Pride'

A spreading, deciduous tree with pointed, glossy green leaves to 15cm long. Blossom is scented, pink, and produced on bare stems in spring, this is followed by downy, red-blushed peaches with yellow flesh. Peaches are ripe for harvesting in August

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Green Yellow Red
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Genus

Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant in a sunny, sheltered site with moist but well-drained, fertile soil, away from frost pockets. Can be grown as a standard or bush in milder areas, or fan-trained against a south-facing wall; final size will depend on the rootstock used. Peach blossom is early, so flowers may need protection from frost.

Propagation

Peaches are usually propagated by grafting onto rootstocks for fruit. They can be propagated from seed, although the fruit from the seedlings is likely to be inferior in flavour to the parent, and seed-raised trees take four to five years to bear fruit

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Edible fruit
Pruning

Prune established fans in spring and summer. Free standing peaches are pruned in the same way as pruning acid cherries

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids and caterpillars, birds and squirrels can damage fruit

Diseases

May be susceptible to silver leaf, honey fungus, bacterial canker and brown rot. This cultivar has some resistance to peach leaf curl, cover in winter to provide further protection from infection

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