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Peach Trees for Texas

By Jay Golberg ; Updated September 21, 2017
Several peach tree varieties are appropriate for Texas gardens.
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Peaches are the most popular fruit to grow in a home garden; hundreds of varieties are available to plant. However, different varieties of peach trees have different chilling requirements. A chilling requirement is the minimum amount of time a peach tree must spend in temperatures below 45 degrees F to induce fruit production. Texas is divided into seven planting zones for peaches based on the amount of chilling hours available during a typical year.

Zone 1

Zone 1 is the northernmost part of Texas, known as the Panhandle area. Some of the peach varieties that Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension recommends for this area are: Springgold, Bicentiennial, Surecrop, Sentinel, Ranger, Redglobe, Milam, Fireprince, Denman, Jefferson, White Star and Belle of Georgia.

Zone 2

Zone 2 includes North Texas, from the Panhandle to East Texas. A number of the peach varieties Texas A & M recommends are Springgold, Surecrop, Sentinal, Harvest, Ranger, Redglobe, Fireprince, Loring, Denman, Dixieland, Redskin and Jefferson.

Zone 3

Zone 3 is the area of West Texas that includes the Big Bend area and all points west of the Texas Hill Country. A few of the peach varieties Texas A & M advocates for this area are Springgold, Bicentennial, Surecrop, Sentinel, Harvester, Ranger, Redglobe, Fireprince, Loring, Denman, Dixieland, Redskin and Jefferson.

Zone 4

Zone 4 includes a line that runs across the entire midsection of the state. Some of the peach varieties recommended for this area by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Springgold, Juneprince, Junegold, TexRoyal, Sentinal, Harvester, Redglobe, Summergold, Fireprince, Bounty and Milam.

Zone 5

Zone 5, which runs in a wider swath, could be considered the northern part of the southern half of the state. Some of the peach varieties recommended for the zone 5 area by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Floridacrest, Juneprince, Junegold, TexRoyal, Harvester, Dixieland and Redskin.

Zone 6

Zone 6 is the mid-southern region of Texas, where chilling hours are low so not as many varieties are suitable for this area. However, some of the popular varieties recommended by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Earligrande, Tropicsweet, TropicBeauty, Floridagrande, Floridacrest and FloridaKing.

Zone 7

Zone 7, in the southernmost tip of the state, is an area that rarely receives freezing temperatures. Some of the popular varieties recommended for zone 7 by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Earligrande, Tropicsweet, Floridaprince, Tropicbeauty and FloridaGrande.

 

About the Author

 

Jay Golberg is a certified Texas nursery professional and professional project manager. He has 30 years of business and farming experience and holds bachelor's degrees in English writing from St. Edward's University and finance from Lamar University.