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Rochester Peach

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Description

A seasonal beauty. Gorgeous pink blossoms in the spring are followed by large, red-blushed, yellow peaches. Flesh is firm with a marbled appearance. Freestone. Tolerates a wide range of soil types. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.

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Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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This variety is self pollinating.

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Rochester Peach
The Rochester Peach was bred/introduced by the Heberle Bros in NY state in 1900 so it is one of only a few really old peaches still grown today. The Miller Brothers Nursery was the only commercial source for decades. This peach grows very well in central New York zone 5, and is the best quality eating peach I've grown here. The Rochester peach was widely grown commercially in the early 1900s, and was one of only 4 peaches rated "excellent" quality out of 50 varieties evaluated by the USDA at Beltsville MD as reported in the 1937 Yearbook of Agriculture. While the peach may not have whatever qualities are considered desireable in commercial peaches today (whatever those qualities are, "commercial" seemingly synonymous for "fashionable" and not necessarily quality oriented), the Rochester peach remains a very good choice for home orchards. The flowers are very ornamental, being large and showy with a deep pink color. The fruits have sweet rich flavor that is well developed even here where summers are cool and cloudy, and winters cold. The tree has proven hardy in wood and bud, as hardy or hardier than most I've grown. It has survived the winters that killed Contender, 24-C (trademarked) and Madison, and has born fruit more reliably for me than any except Reliance. I now have Veteran and Fingerlakes SH trees growing so eventually can compare those, but I will be very surprised if they end up being hardier or more often bear fruit, and I can't believe they will be of better fruit quality--I will be delighted if their fruit is anywhere near as good as Rochester.
September 26, 2016
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