The Elberta Peach (Prunus persica 'Elberta') is the original Georgia Peach! Since its introduction in 1889, the Elberta Peach has a long history of being one of the finest peaches grown. Over the years, it's become the most planted peach variety in the United States. Today, the Elberta peach remains the most popular home garden variety available.
Elberta is one of the finest fresh eating peaches. Firm flesh and incredible flavor are the hallmarks of the Elberta peach. As well, the enormous production of this wonderful peach makes it a highly valuable tree. You'll love having continual large crops of this delicious fruit every year.
These yellow freestone peaches are wonderful choices for cooking, preserves, freezing and baking. A peach pie never tasted better than one made with Elberta peaches! This is also a great canning variety because the freestone makes prepping go faster, and the fruit is nice and firm. You'll get thick, meaty slices that can be dried or dehydrated as a fantastic snack.
Ripening in the early-late season. You'll likely harvest in September, although some areas come on a little earlier in August. Though self-fruitful, consider planting another early or late selection to extend your harvest period to 3 months.
As pretty as it is useful, Elberta cloaks herself in drifts of pinkish-purple blooms in early spring to create a lovely ornamental display! A handsome, rounded tree at maturity, and you can of course prune to any height or shape you need for your situation.
The size when left unpruned, creates fantastic shade. Set out your lawn chair beneath the strong branches and watch the bees busily work, or watch your harvest ripen in the cooling shade.
Perfect for the home orchard and as a specimen ornamental in the front of your property, these shade your patios, walkways or garden beds as well as look pretty doing it! Not to mention the juicy harvest that awaits you in late summer!
Fall brings incredible autumn color in golden yellows! Then all winter you are treated to the fantastic branching structure. Plant this beauty outside your window to watch the colorful seasons go by and to keep an eye on your developing harvest!
Fruit trees require full sun ideally, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Plant in USDA growing zones 5 through 9 in good draining soil. The wide adaptability of this classic peach is another fine quality. While not particular on soil type, Elberta does best in enriched, highly organic soil medium.
Water regularly to ensure a healthy tree and juicy harvest. While somewhat drought tolerant once established, it’s best to protect your investment with a regular watering schedule. Keep young trees especially well-watered and do not allow them to dry out.
The Elberta Peach can be easily maintained at any height with pruning. Plan on keeping it below 8 feet so you can easily maintain the tree while enjoying a ‘ladder-free' harvest of your crop. The self-fruitful Elberta is also a top choice for Espaliering flat to a sturdy trellis.
For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.
Prune also to keep an open canopy to allow sunlight and air circulation into the interior of your tree. For more pruning tips and Peach Tree Care, head over to our Garden Blog! Since birds and squirrels love these peaches as much as you will, try to maintain a smaller form to easily cover your crop with netting so they won’t make off with your entire harvest!
You’ll quickly see why Elberta Peach Tree is one of the most popular fruit trees out there! Head over to NatureHills.com right away to get your own! Give us a call today!
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|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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The Elberta Peach is at the root of Southern Peach growing, in fact it is the true Georgia Peach. Samuel H. Rumph was raised on his grandparents plantation in Marshalville, Georgia, which grew an assortment of every variety of fruit suited for the Georgia climate. From this early exposure, Rumph acquired a keen knowledge and passion for horticulture and was managing the plantation by his early teens.
In 1857, a private banker named Mr. I.C. Plant purchased a selection of Peach trees from the Delaware Nursery. These varieties included Chinese Cling, Early and Late Crawford, Old Mixon Free, Tillotson and Stump of the Earth. He shipped them to Samuel Rumph's grandfather, where they were planted in the orchard.
They all grew well, most particularly the Chinese Cling, which produced a fine quality fruit.
By 1870, Samuel had the family bug for planting and was given seeds from the Chinese Cling by his mother and grandmother. Only one of the seeds was noteworthy. It produced a fine quality, yellow freestone Peach that was immediately recognized as a superior selection.
In 1874, Samuel was married to Clara Elberta Moore. As the story goes in 1875, while entertaining a visiting college friend, Rumph was asked what the name of this exceptionally fine fruit was. Rumph told him it had no name and he invited his colleague to name it; his friend thoughtfully suggested it be named after Samuel's wife. So was born the Elberta peach!
The Elberta gained local popularity quickly and was soon being tested for market. The especially long shelf life made the Elberta ideal for shipping, and by 1880 was being shipped un-iced to New York, where it commanded high prices.
The excitement over the Elberta seedling selection from the original Chinese Cling spurred Rumph to plant more seeds on the family orchard.
Again, just one seedling would produce another exceptional selection; this being the famous Belle of Georgia Peach. As a result, the two varieties most associated with the famous "Georgia Peach" are sisters!
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Prunus persica 'Elberta'|
|Mature Height||Standard: 15 - 25 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|
|When To Prune||Late Winter|