Elberta Peach in Granada Hills, zone 9 - Knowledgebase Question

Granada Hills, Ca
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Question by ISweo
April 29, 2007
Hello, I bought a 5 gal. Elberta peach tree at my local HDepot and I put it in the ground last week. Now I am reading on the web and it says it will need 800 chill hours. Our area does not get more than 400-500. Do I need to take back my Elberta peach tree and get something with less chill hours?
It would be terrible if after all the expense and care my tree would never fruit or fruit once in a while.
Why does our store sell trees that are not usable in zone 9?
Why didn't it say on the tree that it requires 800 chill hours?
It is not fair to the customer.
Thank you, ilona

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2007
The Elberta Peach tree grows well in a wide geographic belt, from Zone 5 all the way through the northern portion of Zone 9. Elberta 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. In our opinion no finer or lovelier peach tree exists anywhere.

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