Veteran Peach Tree Overview
The Veteran peach tree is a perfect mid-season cold hardy variety that is also very reliable. Not only does it have a firm, juicy, and slightly coarse rich taste, but it will also be perfect for baking as well as eating fresh. Developed in Canada, these golden fruits will be ready for harvest one week before Elberta. If you live in the Northwest United States, take note that it will grow especially well there. We grow this peach tree on Bailey rootstock, one of the regular peach tree rootstocks. If you would like more information on how to plant and grow this tree, see our guide.
As with other peach trees, you will need to water the Veteran peach tree once a week during its first year and during the fruiting season. If there is drought, you can water more frequently. This tree needs moist but well-draining soil. In order to retain the moisture, you can place mulch around the tree. Additionally, be sure to clear the weeds next to the tree since this will decrease the competition for nutrients. You can harvest when the flesh gives slightly and the peach pulls away from the tree easily.
- Uses: Eating fresh and baking
- Taste: Firm and juicy with a little bit of coarse texture
- Fruit Size: Medium
- Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height
- Color: Gold with a red blush
- Type: Freestone
- Hardiness Zones: 5-9
- Harvest period: mid season, one week before Elberta
- Pollination: Self-Pollinating
- Cultivation: This peach tree grows best in full sun with loamy well drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. It will bear fruit 2-3 years after planting. Copper sprays can help protect this tree form diseases such as canker.