Elberta Peach Tree
Most Popular Home Peach
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.
The 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.
The Elberta is a wonderful choice for cooking and baking. A peach pie never tastes any better than when 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 which can be dried or dehydrated as a fantastic snack.
The wide adaptability of this classic peach is another fine quality. Plant in zones 5 through 9 in good draining soil.
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.
Elberta ripens 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.
Give the Elberta a well-deserved spot in your home garden orchard. Please order now, as these trees are always in high demand.
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- Tree can be Held to Any Size with Pruning
- Prolific Harvest of Large Freestone Fruit
- Disease and Insect Resistant
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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||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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 First “Georgia Peach”
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!
|Botanical Name||Prunus persica 'Elberta'|
|Mature Height||Standard: 15 - 25 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 15 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|