The Q&A Archives: Plum & peach trees

Question: Hi,
Could you please let me know how different are the flowers of an Italian plum tree and an Elberta peach tree? How do these two tree compare when planted in CA?

Answer: The Elberta Peach tree has very large fruit. It is the best known yellow canning peach. The skin is red blushed over a deep golden yellow color. This is a high quality eating and canning peach. Elberta peaches has the smallest pit-to-fruit ratio of any peach tree we offer. It?s as sweet a peach as you could imagine that you could have on the table.

Along with the delicious fruit, it?s a beautiful tree. In the spring, rose-red blossoms will fill the air with fragrance. And it grows well in a wide geographic belt, from Zone 5 all the way through the northern portion of Zone 9. In our opinion no finer or lovelier peach tree exists anywhere. It grows about 20' high and does not need a pollinizer (second peach tree).

The Italian Plum has medium to large fruit. The fruit has a dark purple skin with yellow-greenish flesh that runs dark wine color when cooked. Italian plum fruit separates freely from the pit. These large, freestone purple plums are very sweet, perfect for drying, eating fresh, or canning.

It is one of the most widely planted plum varieties in the West. This excellent shipping prune is a heavy bearer and good for both canning and drying. It will need another plum tree for good pollination.

Of the two, I'd choose the peach tree. Enjoy!

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