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PRUNUS persica 'Peppermint Stick'

Image of Prunus persica 'Peppermint Stick'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS persica 'Peppermint Stick'

Plant Common Name

Ornamental Peach, Peppermint Stick Peach

General Description

Introduced in 1933, this ornamental peach features large, fragrant, snow white blossoms with beautiful, irregular red striping. Appearing in spring, its striking double flowers are borne so densely that they seem to envelop the branches in solid color. The blooms are followed by bright green lance-shaped leaves that turn yellow in fall. This beautiful small tree makes a fine accent or specimen for home landscapes, and is a lovely choice for Asian-themed garden designs.

Flowering peaches are valued for their showy flowers rather than for their fruit, which is small and insignificant. They are descended from the wild peach, a small deciduous tree native to China that has been cultivated since ancient times. As with all peaches, they prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil, and are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Width

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Striped

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Feature Plant

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No