My winters have occasional night-time frosts but are otherwise mild. I
would like a recommendation for a peach suitable for my garden. I want
a freestone peach that is good for both eating fresh and cooking.
Peach trees are not long-lived. I just today had a 'Ventura' peach
removed because it was well past its prime and no longer grew with any
vigor; I had it some 15-20 years. Before that, I had a 'Golden Blush'
for about 15 years.
I preferred the 'Golden Blush' but could not find it when the first tree
had to be removed. 'Ventura' is okay, but I did not see it in any
nursery at the beginning of this year, when bare-root fruit trees were
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
The varieties with "Haven" in the name were bred right near here
where I live - and we have some murderous winter weather. There are
many: Hale Haven, Red Haven, etc. Red Haven is frequently recommended
for home gardens.
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