Have you ever seen a healthy Donut? Groceries stores have started carrying these luscious flattened peaches. They taste great, but fruit that must be trucked long distance is often picked too early. Grow your own Donut Peach tree (Prunus persica 'Donut') to really experience the amazing tree-ripe flavor of this special fruit.
This wonderful fruit is a fun novelty, but the taste is nothing short of outstanding. Well known in China for over 1000 years, the skin of a Donut Peach is red over a light yellow with light fuzz. The flattened fruit is the perfect eating size.
It's sweet, juicy and white fleshed. Kids love the taste and the fun shape. It's mild, and less acidic than other peach selections and has a faintly almond taste.
As you can imagine, this variety of white fleshed fruit was known by any number of different names. Donut™ Peach or Stark Saturn (Also known as Peento, Saucer, Pan tao, Saturn Peach, or Doughnut) are distinctively shaped white peaches that would finally find its way to the United States in about 1871.
It has a doughnut-shaped "flat" fruit with a sunken center and plump outer edge. It is just as wide as the most common varieties but is flatter than other peach selections. Its juicy, white flesh is mild flavored.
It has a clingstone pit in the sunken center shaped like a doughnut. Because this is a flat Peach, you can easily eat all around the pit. In fact—you can almost snap the ripe fruit in half while prepping. This exposes the pit, which can then be easily removed.
Donut Peach fruit trees are reliable and known for dependable yields from a young tree. This is a variety that works in both low and high chill climates. Donut Peach requires an estimated 400-500 hours of chilling, but it will still produce well in the colder areas of Zones 5-8.
Donut Peach is an improved early blooming variety. With careful selection, these trees are bred to have more frost tolerant blooms which should make it through the occasional late spring frost. Give it a sheltered spot in Zones 5 and 6.
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Eat them fresh or dehydrated (dried). Use them in fabulous preserves, and don't forget the grill. Pop out the pit, slice them in half and place them on the grill for a short time. The heat really brings out the outstanding flavors of this special fruit!
Consider planting one with other exciting varieties of Donut style Peaches and Nectarines. The wonderful white fleshed Sugar Pie Nectarine or the incredible red fleshed Scarlet Halo or Pink fleshed Pink Halo make fantastic partner plants.
Plant them in a hedgerow. Measure 5 to 7 feet apart on center—from the center of one to the center of the next—and enjoy a harvest of flat fruit for the entire summer. All are self-fruitful but will crop more with some pollinating partners close by.
Donut Peach also puts on a tremendous spring display of light pink flowers that would make the perfect ornamental garden backdrop. Use as a specimen in the front yard for a really modern edible landscape or use 3 in a small grouping. These trees are absolutely beautiful!
Modern fruit tree growers work diligently on making varietal and facility improvements. There have been many advanced solutions developed against common pests, leaf curl and other bacterial diseases.
In your backyard orchard, give your Donut Peach a place in full sun where it will get the drying power of the morning sun. Good air circulation is important, too. Prune Donut Peach to keep the center of the tree open to both air and sunlight.
In Zones 5 and 6, it's essential to choose a full sun location with good exposure to the early morning sun. Morning sun protects against late spring frosts and will help warm up the spring blooms quickly for the best fruit production later in the season.
The Donut requires good drainage to thrive. If you see puddles long after a rain, you might assume that you have poorly drained soil. Improve drainage by creating a mound or raised bed 12 to 18 inches above the soil line out at least 3 feet wide. Plant directly into that mound.
Peaches benefit from keeping the roots cool in the hot summer. Mulch the tree to 3 to 4 inches deep to 3 feet from the outside of the canopy of the tree.
Donut Peach bears a heavy crop of fruit that measures 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 inches in diameter. It does require some thinning to ensure good fruit size. Thin to space fruit at least a fist size between each piece to get the perfect size fruit.
Just like people have for a thousand years, you'll cherish the luscious, homegrown fruit. There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own fruit for family and special friends.
Why wait? Order your healthy Donut Peach tree for your home garden today and get started!
Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems that are already three to four years old, so you’ll enjoy fruit sooner than you would with younger trees! Expect a young peach tree to begin fruiting by the 3rd year after you plant it.
Be sure to plant your peach in a sunny and well-drained location. Once your Donut (Prunus persica 'Donut') has been established (after the first year), it can typically add 12-18 inches of new growth in a growing season. If your plants are adding less than that in a season, it may be worth your while to check the fertility level.
Peach trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more.
All peach trees are self-fertile, however planting more than one peach tree that blooms at about the same time, boosts yields on both trees and extends your harvest time!
Donuts are typically ready to harvest in late June to early July. Keep in mind exact harvest times are subject to change depending on the hardiness zones they’re being grown in.
Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new peach tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it’s ripe.
Bareroot peach trees can be planted in spring when they are available in your area. Container-grown peach trees can be very successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.
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Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Prunus persica 'Donut'|
|Rootstock||Prunus persica 'Lovell'|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||Early Season|