Looking for a peach tree

missemerald(7 (Virginia))March 30, 2012

Any recommendations for a peach tree that will successfully grow in Northern Virginia? My girls would love one in the backyard but I'm not sure of the varieties. We're not fond of white or "donut" varieties. I'd prefer freestone but really, if it tastes good and doesn't require tons of coddling, I don't care.

Thanks so much!

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

you have alot of varieties to choose from: Clayton, Red Baron, Flat wonderful, Loring, Paul F. series: PF-24c etc.,
Coral star series,True Gold and Red haven.

Good Luck


    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 10:55AM
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Randy31513(Georgia 8b)

VT has some good resources.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Peaches & Nectarines in Virginia

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 1:52PM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

Miss E,

Pretty much any peach in the Redhaven season, or after, is going to be freestone (though there are a few exceptions).

In VA any peach is going to require some coddling. There is a fella by the name of Don Yellman who used to post on this forum. He grew fruit in VA for years. He had about 3 major peach problems he had to treat. Leaf Curl, Plum Curculio, Oriental Fruit moth.

One of his favorite peaches was a peach called Golden Jubilee. It's an old New Jersey peach that did well for Don and would probably do well for you. If your interested, I see Grandpa's Orchard carries it.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 9:30PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Along with the problems olpea mentions there is bacterial spot, brown rot, and the squirrels etc that will steal all of the fruit. Prepare for major coddling! Most peach varieties are pretty good and likely freestone. There is not a lot of difference in how hard the different varieties are, just don't get a nectarine and get it from a good east coast nursery since many west coast nurseries are prone to bacterial spot.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 11:55AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

I love my Red Baron!! And people constantly rave about Redhaven. I have heard Suncrest to be one of the best tasting peaches and really juicy as well!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 12:09PM
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alan haigh

Earlier bearing varieties will require less spray for the obvious reason that they are on the tree for a shorter period but also because brown rot pressure tends to increase as weather gets warmer. Squirrels have a particular hankering for white peaches- the lower the acid the better.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 1:18PM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

Scott and Hman

As you know, brown rot and bac. spot are both problems here. I didn't mention brown rot because I don't recall Don spraying for it. He only sprayed during early fruit development, which is why he bagged.

Since Golden Jubilee worked under that regimen for him in VA, I thought it must be somewhat resistant to brown rot and bac. spot.

I agree earlier peaches generally = less spraying.


I think Red Baron is highly susc. to bacterial spot, something that would be a non-issue where you're at, but is a pretty big deal in areas w/ heavy humidity/rainfall.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 7:25PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Olpea, Don had problems with peaches getting brown rot in bags so my recollection is at some point he switched to an all-summer spray program; only his apples were bagged. He used imidan for curculio/OFM, and captan for diseases, I don't recall how many sprays he did but I believe he was spraying all summer long. He also had problems with bacterial spot but used dormant copper on it. Many of my initial peach-growing insights I learned from Don.

On the general issue of brown rot on peaches, I agree that a resistant variety will usually do pretty well in the mid-atlantic without spraying for it. Bacterial spot is also usually not a problem on resistant varieties. Still, bad luck is possible on both of these diseases if conditions are right for them. I agree later season varieties are also more prone to rotting. Don didn't like late peaches, not for the rot but for the number of OFM generations to fight.

Anyway getting back to the question of the poster here, I agree Red Baron is not recommended for the mid-atlantic. My favorite peach for starting growers is Clayton, it has extreme disease resistance and excellent flavor, but its hard to find. Carolina Gold is another modern highly disease-resistant one and at least Cummins was selling it. There are many other good ones.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 10:11PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Yeah I see alot of Red Barons around here I guess they are good because they have a low chill hour for my area but for N. Virginia I guess that would be bad do to low higher frost and moisture? I found this list of peaches that would do well in N Virginia. I just cam across the website and It read that N. Virginia was the topic so I coped all the varieties with chill hours...hehe

Belle of Georgia 850
Bicentennial 750
Biscoe 900
Blake 750
Bounty 800

Brighton 750
Camden 750
Candor 950
Cardinal 950
Cary Mac 750

Caroline Belle 750
Clayton 950
Contender 1050
Coronet 700
Correll 850

Cresthaven 850
Cullinan 850
Denman 800
Derby 750
Dixigem 850

Dixiland 750
Dixired 950
Elberta 850
Ellerbe 850
Emery 900

Encore 900
Fairtime 750
Fay Elberta 750
Fayette 850
Finale 750

Fireprince 750
Flavorcrest 750
Garnet Beauty 850
Glohaven 850
Goldcrest 650

Goldprince 650
Halehaven 850
Hamlet 850
Harbelle 850
Harbinger 850

Harbrite 850
Harken 850
Harvester 750
Havis 850
Hiley 750

Idlewild 550
Jayhaven 850
Jefferson 850
Jerseyglo 850
Jerseyland 850

Jerseyqueen 850
J.H. Hale 850
Junegold 650
Juneprince 650
Kalhaven 950

Keystone 750
LaFeliciana 600
LaGold 700
LaJewel 850
LaPremier 900

LaWhite 650
Legend 950
Loring 750
Madison 850
Marigold 650

Majestic 850
Marsun 850
Marqueen 750
McNeely 900
Monroe 750

Mountain Gold 850
Nectar 1050
Newhaven 950
Norman 850
Ouachita Gold 750

Parade 900
Pekin 950
Ranger 900
Raritan Rose 1000
Redcap 750

Redglobe 850
Redhaven 950
Redskin 750
Regina 850
Reliance 1000

Richaven 950
Rio Oso Gem 850
Rubired 900
Ruston Red 850
Scarlet Pearl 750

Sentinel 850
Sentry 850
Shippers Late Red 850
Southland 750
Springbrite 650

Springcrest 650
Springold 850
Starlite 650
Summer Pearl 900
Sunbrite 750

Sunhigh 750
Sunland 750
Sunprince 750
Surecrop 1000
Sweethaven 850

Topaz 750
Troy 950
Tyler 950
Velvet 950
Washington 950

Winblo 800
Whynot 950

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 10:45PM
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Just curiuos do any of you east coast fruit growers ever try any of the LSU peaches? Harvester and LA Feleciana would be the most prominant. I would think if they can grow in that heat and blanket of mugginess than they must have disase resistance. Wasnt sure if they may be too low chill though. I have heard very good comments about flavor on both of these. Just curious if anyone had tried them.


    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:11AM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

"Olpea, Don had problems with peaches getting brown rot in bags so my recollection is at some point he switched to an all-summer spray program; only his apples were bagged."


You're right, I'd forgotten that. I don't recall him spraying fungicides later in the season for brown rot though. I think he relied on the natural resistance of his various cultivars for that.

You've touted Clayton as a very good peach with Crawford flavor. I've wanted to try it for quite a while, but I don't think anyone sells it anymore. I don't think it's grown commercially anymore.

Unfortunately, I think it's headed for extinction. You may be one of the last few who knows it's worth and still has a copy. (The repository at Davis doesn't have it.)

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 12:11PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Scape, low chill peaches tend to bloom early so they are not popular here. In general there are many good peaches but there is time to try only so many; I have never grown any of the Paul Friday peaches for example. I happen too know the more recent NC state releases well because I grew most of them out. Winblo is another fantastic one from that program. The main advantage of the peaches from that program is they selected highly disease-resistant varieties, and paid more attention to flavor than most research programs do.

Olpea, I offer Clayton through SSE partly for the reason you mention. I expect several of the research plantings in the southeast still have it as well. It is supposedly too small, thats why its not propagated today. It is about average in size compared to the heirlooms I grow, so I don't think of it as small.


    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 7:50PM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)


Small peaches don't bother me. All the early ones are small.

Even the smallest peach is still bigger than an apricot.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:10PM
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