What could be more fun than picking a whole bowl full of peaches off
your very own tree in your backyard? 
 

Picking a whole basket of peaches
off your very own tree in your backyard!

Peaches are self fertile, meaning a single tree will produce fruit without needing another one for pollination.

yum!

sliced peaches

However, planting more than one variety with different chill hour requirements is the best way to be sure to have a crop, no matter how cold or warm our winter is.

All varieties listed below are 4.5′-5.5′ trees in 4 gal pots
and are recommended for zones 8b, 9a and 9b.

Bearing age trees in
7g & 15g available

see below for details

Variety ➤

  • RIPENS
  • CHILL HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • CLASSIFICATIONFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • SKIN COLOR
  • FRUIT COLOR

FlordaCrest

$294'-5' hgt
$294'-5' hgt
  • EARLY MAYFlordaCrest is one of the earliest peaches for North Florida, even when we have a cold winter.
  • 325-350 HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • SEMI-CLINGFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • RED BLUSHEDYep, it looks like a real peach!
  • YELLOW FLESHThis just means the color of the inside of the fruit.

FlordaKing

$294'-5' hgt
$294'-5' hgt
  • MID MAYFlordaKing is the more likely variety to fruit when we have a very cold winter with a late freeze.
  • 400-425 HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • CLINGSTONEFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • RED BLUSHEDYep, it looks like a real peach!
  • GOLDEN YELLOWThis just means the color of the inside of the fruit.

Tropic Beauty

$294'-5' hgt
$294'-5' hgt
  • MID MAYTropic Beauty will fruit best in zones 8b or 9a when we have a rather warm winter without a late freeze. Otherwise it is more suited to Central Florida zones 9b and 10.
  • 150 HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • SEMI-FREESTONEFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • RED BLUSHEDYep, it looks like a real peach!
  • YELLOW FLESHThis just means the color of the inside of the fruit.

Tropic Snow

$294'-5' hgt
$294'-5' hgt
  • LATE MAYGrow a late season peach in addition to an earlier variety to extend your crop.
  • 200 HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • FREESTONEFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • PINK BLUSHEDSometimes retains a little greenish color even when ripe, but tastes quite sweet nonetheless. Less acidic than some of the other varieties.
  • WHITE FLESHThis just means the color of the inside of the fruit.

Here in Zones 8b-9a >>>

We Recommend:​

FlordaKing Peach:  Prunus persica 'Flordaking'

FlordaKing PEACH TREE
FlordaKing: the largest of the low chill peaches; will give the biggest harvest when we have the coldest winters; Requires 400-425 chill hours; Clingstone variety; Ripens mid to late May. Self-pollinating; 3g / 4-5' / 3/8" to 1/2" trunks

FlordaCrest Peach:  Prunus persica 'Flordacrest'

FlordaCrest PEACH TREE
FlordaCrest is one of the earliest peaches for zones 8b-9a that survives our late cold snaps, year after year. Requires 325-350 chill hours; Semi-cling variety; traditional looking peach with red-blushed skin and yellow flesh; Ripens early May. Self-pollinating; 3g / 4-5' / 3/8" to 1/2" trunks
FlordaGlobe peaches

FlordaCrest in our nursery

7g peaches now available:
see below for details
15g peaches also available

FlordaBelle Peach Blossoms

And for Zones 9a-9b>>>

We Recommend:​

FlordaBelle Peach:   Prunus persica 'Flordabelle'

FlordaBelle PEACH TREE
FlordaBelle is one of the best low chill peaches for zones 9a-9b. At 200 chill hours it works great from Alachua County down into Pasco County. Semi-cling variety; traditional looking peach with red-blushed skin and yellow flesh; Ripens mid May. Self-pollinating; 3g / 4-5' / 3/8" to 1/2" trunks

FlordaBelle is a high yielding, low chill peach perfect for zones 9a to 9b. Fruit is usually 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter with a soft red blush and melting yellow flesh.

Tropic Beauty Peach:   Prunus persica 'Tropicbeauty'

Tropic Beauty PEACH TREE
More suited to lower half of zone 9a, zones 9b & 10; needs only 150 chill hours; Blooms by mid-February: will not tolerate a late freeze; Ripens early May; Red blushed skins, yellow fruit; One of the best super low chill hour fruits. 3g / 4-5' / 3/8" to 1/2" trunks

Tropic Beauty  is another variety we've grown in our nursery.  Since we're on the edge of zone 8b & 9a, we find it tricky to maintain fruit on this variety consistently.  The last freezes in late February or March kill any blossoms that have either set or are trying to set. -- unless you're living close into town where temperatures tend to hover 5-6 degrees warmer. 

If you're south of Alachua County, like Marion County, Pasco County or anywhere else in lower zone 9a,  zone 9b or even 10, this is a good peach for you to grow. The color of the peach and the flavor is nearly the same as the FlordaBelle or FlordaCrest, as close as we can tell.

Tropic Beauty peaches

Tropic Beauty Peach in our nursery

Now Available in  7gal >>>  REG 7G $49  &  X-LG 7G  $69:

FlordaKing PEACH 7g
FlordaKing: for zones 8b- north 9a -- Requires 400-425 chill hours; Clingstone variety; Ripens early May. 7gal / 5-6' tall / 2-2.5' wide / 3/4" trunks / largest peach;
Price: $49.00
Details

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FL-KING PEACH: X-LG 7g
7G: 6' tall/3' wide / 1" trunks
Price: $69.00
FlordaCrest PEACH 7g
FlordaCrest: for zones 8b-9a -- Requires 325-350 chill hours; Semi-cling variety; Ripens early May. 7gal / 5-6' tall / 2-2.5' wide / 3/4" trunks
Price: $49.00
Details

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FL-CREST PEACH: X-LG 7g
7G: 6' tall/3' wide / 1" trunks
Price: $69.00
FlordaBelle PEACH 7g
FlordaBelle: for zones 9a-9b; Requires 200 chill hours; Semi-cling variety; Ripens mid May. Self-pollinating; 7gal / 5-6' tall / 2-2.5' wide / 3/4" trunks
Price: $49.00
Details

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FL-BELLE PEACH: X-LG 7g
7G: 6' tall/3' wide / 1" trunks
Price: $69.00
TropicBeauty PEACH 7g
Tropic Beauty: zones 9b & 10; requires only 150 chill hours; Blooms by mid-February: will not tolerate a late freeze; Ripens early May; 7gal / 5-6' tall / 2-2.5' wide / 3/4" trunks
Price: $49.00
Details

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TROPIC-B PEACH: X-LG 7g
7G: 6' tall/3' wide / 1" trunks
Price: $69.00

Limited Available in  15gal >>>  $89  &  X-LG 15G  $110:   inquire for details

15G:  7'-8'+ /3.5-4.5' wide / 1.25" to 1.5" trunks

If you live in Zone 8b, 9a or 9b:

We recommend growing 2-3 varieties of peaches to accommodate the variety in our winters. Milder winters will result in the Tropic Beauty bearing prolifically, while the FlordaCrest or FlordaKing will thrive on much colder weather.

In severe winters, even the Gulf King or the Gulf Prince will do well in Alachua County.

If Tropic Beauty is not available,  FlordaBelle is a great substitute for another low chill variety, as it requires just 200 - 225 chill hours.  Both are perfect for south Marion County to Pasco County -- zone 9b.

Understand that young trees will not do as well with the weather extremes as more established trees. You may lose a Tropic Beauty altogether if you plant it and then get very late freezes the very first year it blooms (in zone 8b-9a like Alachua County).

On the other hand, a more established Tropic Beauty will survive well, but not have much fruit, if at all that year. But since you also planted a FlordaCrest, you'll have a great crop of peaches anyhow!

Good for you!​  😀