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Cute as a button, our Empress Mini Peach Tree will bring a cheerful pop of color to your entryway garden, foundation beds, or patio plantings with its perky pink blossoms in early spring. But that’s not all the little dynamo has to offer. By late summer, the blooms will have transformed into full-sized peaches! Empress produces sweet, mouth-watering, clingstone peaches that are perfect for fresh, wholesome snacking right from the tree. No garden is too small for this pint-sized wonder—even apartment dwellers can get in on the fun by growing this naturally dwarf Peach Tree in a container on the balcony.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
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The Empress Peach was introduced in 1965 by a nurseryman named Frederic Anderson of Merced County, California. Anderson worked patiently for many years breeding fruit trees. One of his pet projects was mini trees. To produce the Empress Peach, he crossed a dwarf, white-fleshed Peach Tree with a standard-sized, yellow-fleshed Nectarine. He planted the seeds, and the hybrid crop that resulted was (predictably) very uniform. Then he let that crop grow and fruit, and he planted those seeds. The next generation was chock-full of variability. Anderson searched to find all of the qualities he wanted in a single tree: small size, Peach (not Nectarine), yellow flesh, good flavor. He found it, and Empress was born.
An Empress Mini Peach Tree will supply you and your family with plenty of luscious, guilt-free snacking. Low-calorie peaches are packed with goodness, like fiber, antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and E. Of course, we don’t blame you a bit if you decide to bake them into something a little less healthy, like a yummy peach pie or cobbler!
How to Grow
Although the Empress Peach Tree originated in warm California, it’s one of the most cold-hardy Mini Peach Trees available. It’s also a prolific producer and needs no pollinator to make it bear fruit. Plant this sun lover in an open space in fertile, well-drained soil. Peach Trees don’t tolerate “wet feet.” Regular water and fertilizer will help your tree develop a strong, healthy root system. A layer of bark or wood chip mulch will keep the root zone cool and evenly moist. Monitor your tree for signs of pests and disease (peaches aren’t only tasty to us humans) and please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some expert advice on making your Peach Tree flourish.
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