GaLa Peach fruit
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Height: 16 feet
Spread: 16 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Common Peach
An early ripening fruit tree that produces firm and delicious peaches during mid summer; ornamental, with showy pink flowers in spring; large yellow fruit with deep red blushes and minimal fuzz are perfect for fresh eating, baking and canning
GaLa Peach is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces yellow round fruit (technically 'drupes') with a dark red blush and gold flesh which are typically harvested when mature. 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 firm texture.
The fruit are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
GaLa Peach is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant shell pink flowers along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy yellow drupes with a dark red blush, which are carried in abundance in mid summer.
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 should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Aside from its primary use as an edible, GaLa Peach is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
GaLa Peach will grow to be about 16 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 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 approximately 30 years. 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 somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.