Monday, April 5, 2010
Bonfire Patio Peach Tree (Prunus Persica Durazo 'Bonfire Patio')
These petite ornamental peach trees grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. They prefer moist, acidic soil. Zone 5 - 8.
This peach cultivar is a dwarf which typically grows to 5' tall in 5 years. It features attractive, dark red leaves which hold their color throughout the growing season. Double pink-red flowers are produced in very early spring. Inedible peach-like fruits mature in summer but are often hidden from view by the dense foliage.
Peaches generally are susceptible to numerous insect problems, including peach twig borer, aphids, spider mites and scale. But preventative spraying is easy on a tree this size, and there are organic spray solutions available. Peaches of all varieties are also susceptible to numerous disease problems, including peach scab, peach leaf curl, leaf spots, bacterial canker, root rot and mildew, but again, a little preventative spraying can protect these trees.
Grown primarily for its profuse, early spring bloom and persistent dark red foliage. Interesting as a specimen or mixed in the shrub border.