Belle of Georgia Peach Tree Overview
The Belle of Georgia peach tree is an old time favorite that is also disease resistant. In fact it originated in Georgia in the 1870’s. It produces delicious freestone peaches perfect not only for eating off the tree, but also for making deserts, especially a peach cobbler. Freestone peaches are those which have flesh that separate easily from the pit. Whereas clingstones cling to the pit.
Just like some other peach trees, the Belle of Georgia peach tree prefers fertile, loamy, well-draining soils. It can grow well in hardiness zones 5-8. Moreover these peaches will ripen in late August. When they flower, they will decorate the landscape with a bouquet of aromatic, pink/red blossoms. Lastly, it needs around 800 chill hours in order to properly set fruit. Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season. If you would like more information on how to plant and grow fruit trees, see the articles in our guide.
- Uses: Eating fresh, canning, cooking, preserving, deserts
- Taste/Texture: Firm, juicy, sweet, aromatic
- Size: Medium – large fruit
- Color: Creamy white flesh tinged with red. The skin is yellow with a scarlet blush.
- Height: This tree will reach 12-15ft if pruned well. If it is not pruned well it can reach 25 feet tall.
- Type: Freestone
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Harvest period: Late August
- Chill Hours: 800
- Pollination: Although the Belle of Georgia peach tree is self-pollinating, which means it can produce fruit without the help of other trees, the fruiting can improve when you plant other peach varieties close by.
- Diseases: This tree is known for its disease resistance to bacterial leaf spot and brown rot.
- Cultivation: These peach trees need loamy well-drained, fertile soils, and full sun.