Information About Weeping Peach Trees

Overview

Unlike cherry trees, weeping peach trees are not common. Planting a weeping peach tree can give your landscape an unusual tree. When considering whether to plant a weeping peach, site selection is important. Soil and light will help ensure that your tree grows with as few problems as possible.

Varieties

There are few varieties of weeping peach trees. The pink cascade is one. Weeping peach trees are not as globe shaped as other weeping trees, like weeping willows and weeping maples. On the pink cascade, double blossoms grow the full length of the tree.

Hardiness

Although some peach trees can be hardy down to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zone 3b, weeping peach trees are generally not as cold hardy. Most commercial suppliers of weeping peach trees list them as being cold hardy down to USDA hardiness zone 5.

Soil

Fruit trees need soil that drains well. Weeping peach trees are no different. If the location where you are thinking of planting your weeping peach has standing water or takes a couple of days to drain, it is not suitable for a weeping peach. Do not try to amend the soil with sand or other materials to encourage drainage. This will encourage the roots to grow, but only in the amended soils. They may not break out of the amended area to help support the tree nutritionally and physically.

Light

Stone fruit trees, such as weeping peaches, do best in full sun. When selecting a location, try to find one that is not shaded for more than a couple of hours per day. Early morning sunshine is of particular importance. It helps to dry dew from the leaves, flowers and fruit and thus reduce problems with mildew or other fungal diseases.

Mulch & Water

It does not matter whether your tree gets water via rain or from a sprinkler. However, the tree must receive adequate water. How much and how often you water will depend on your climate and your soil. If you feel down 1/4 to 1/2 inch and the soil feels dry, give your tree 3 or 4 inches of water. If your tree is growing in soil that is denser with higher clay content, allow it to dry out a few days between waterings.

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Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.