Bonfire Flowering Peach
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The Bonfire Flowering Peach tree is a petite ornamental tree with a big, bold personality. You can’t miss this tree when its branches are loaded with fragrant pink blossoms that shout, “Hello, Spring!” After the flowers fade, large burgundy leaves appear that make an even bigger impact. The long leaves droop gracefully from the branches like the foliage of a tropical plant you might see on a vacation to a faraway beach. You won’t get edible peaches from Bonfire, but you will get a flamboyant display of flowers and foliage that will satisfy your hunger for some drama in the landscape!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Spacing: 5-6'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Peaches have been grown since ancient times. They are native to China, but Europeans first encountered them in the Middle East, hence their inaccurate species name, persica, from Persia (now Iran). As peaches moved westward, they became a privilege of the aristocracy in each new place they graced. This ornamental variety came out of a University of Arkansas breeding program in the 1980s. Seeds of a peach variety commonly used only as “understock” (roots that eating peaches are grafted onto) were sown in 1985, one of which spawned this beaut.
Capture the spotlight with this dwarf, compact growing tree that blooms with soft pink flowers in early spring. (The branches are absolutely covered with blooms!) Extraordinary deep burgundy leaves are just as impressive. What a plant, but no matter how much you talk to it, you still won’t get any peaches…sorry! (Maybe a few peaches, but they aren't edible.)
How to Grow
Peaches, unfortunately, have a long list of insect enemies and are usually short-lived trees. Bonfire isn’t a good choice for a legacy or memorial tree, but as a life-of-the-party tree, it will give several years of enjoyment. There really isn’t anything else like it. The large, droopy, burgundy leaves give off a tropical vibe, and the pink flowers in spring are exquisite, causing many to overlook the short lifespan and enjoy the tree for however many years it decides to stay. Give it full sun, regular water, and well-drained soil.
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Size A Trees:
30-36" tall and wide. This purple leafed ornamental peach is grafted at above 3'. The branching and canopy 30-36" wide. Grown in our #7 or #8 tree container at this size.
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