Sugar May Peach Tree Overview
The Sugar May peach tree produces white fleshed freestone peaches that are not only cold hardy, but also receive high fruit-tasting scores. In fact, the flavor is very well balanced and the peaches are very juicy. This is what makes them an excellent early season choice since they ripen in June. The trees produce freestone peaches which have flesh that separate easily from the pit compared to clingstones which cling to the pit.
Just like some other peach trees, the Sugar May peach tree prefers fertile, loamy, well-draining soils. It can grow well in hardiness zones 4b-8b. Moreover these peaches will ripen in min June When they bloom they will decorate the landscape with a bouquet of aromatic, pink blossoms. Lastly, it needs around 600-700 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 guides.
- Uses: Eating fresh, canning, freezing, cooking, preserving, deserts
- Taste/Texture: Firm, very juicy, excellent balanced taste
- Size: Medium – large fruit
- Color: White flesh and beautiful red skin
- Height: This tree will reach 12-15’ if pruned well. If it is not pruned well it can reach 25’ tall.
- Type: Freestone
- Chill Hours: 600-700
- Hardiness Zones: 4b-8b
- Harvest period: Mid June
- Pollination: Although the Sugar May 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: In order to prevent diseases like leaf curl and brown rot, spraying and organic pest management is a good idea.
- Cultivation: These peach trees need loamy, well-drained, fertile soils, and full sun. They will need to be thinned in order for the fruit to develop adequately.