We stock several varieties of peach and nectarine tree. Peaches and nectarines are actually the same species and the key difference is that peaches have fuzzy skin but nectarines do not. Pretty pink flowers in spring are followed by delicious juicy fruit crops later in the year.
Both nectarine and peach trees are a fantastic choice for gardens as they feature pretty pink spring flowers, as well as fruit that can be harvested around August. All of the peach and nectarine trees we offer are self-fertile so do not require another tree to pollinate them. They are also pot-grown so can be planted at any time of year, but if you do want bare root peach or nectarine trees, please contact us.
The best time to prune peach and nectarine trees is after the coldest part of the winter has passed but before they start to flower. February is normally a safe time, depending on how severe the winter has been. Both nectarine and peach trees fruit on 1 year old wood, so the pruning technique for these trees is sometimes referred to as ‘replacement’ i.e. replacing old wood with new.
The scientific name "persica" and the English "peach" are actually derived from the incorrect belief that peaches were native to Persia. Ancient Romans even called the fruit Persian apples. However, peaches originate from China and can be traced as far back as 200BC. They weren't introduced to England and France until the 17th century.