Madison Peach Tree Overview
The Madison peach tree is one of the hardier varieties which produces very juicy and tender freestone peaches. In fact, its tenderness is the reason why stores do not sell it, but why it is also an excellent choice for backyard growing, especially in the north. Moreover, it is one of the most adaptable fruit trees for a home garden. Because it creates an abundant harvest, it’s important to thin and prune these trees in the spring. This will allow the peaches to develop with a higher quality and adequate size. It produces 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 Madison peach tree prefers fertile, loamy, well-draining soils. It can grow well in hardiness zones 5-8. Moreover these peaches will ripen in late July. When they bloom they will decorate the landscape with a bouquet of aromatic, pink blossoms. 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: Very juicy and tender, excellent taste
- Size: Medium fruit
- Color: Yellow flesh. The skin is orange-yellow with a red blush.
- Height: This tree will reach 12-15’ if pruned well. If it is not pruned well it can reach 25’ tall.
- Type: Freestone
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8 (can grow protected in 4b)
- Harvest period: Late July
- Pollination: Although the Madison 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. Additionally it produces an abundant crop.