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Sweet Cap™ Peach

Prunus persica 'Sweet Cap'

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Sweet Cap™ Peach (Prunus persica 'Sweet Cap') at Begick Nursery

Sweet Cap™ Peach flowers

Sweet Cap™ Peach flowers

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Common Peach

Description:

A fine fruit tree, bearing firm, sweet, oval shaped peaches with white flesh; quite ornamental, with showy light pink flowers in spring and a low, spreading habit; susceptible to late spring freezes and disease, needs full sun and well-drained soil

Edible Qualities

Sweet Cap™ Peach is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces buttery yellow oval fruit (technically 'drupes') with a scarlet blush and white flesh which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Features & Attributes

Sweet Cap™ Peach is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant shell pink flowers with coral-pink eyes along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy buttery yellow drupes with a scarlet blush, which are carried in abundance in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy
  • Insects
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Sweet Cap™ Peach is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Sweet Cap™ Peach will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features

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