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Peach Tree, 'Sam Houston'

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit Trees! Imagine fresh peach pie from your own peach tree!
Peach 'Sam Houston' was developed in the 'Lone Star' state by Texas A&M. This peach has lower chilling requirements than many others, making it more suitable for warmer subtropical zones. It produces a generous late spring and early summer crop of sweet, juicy, red-blushed fruit with low acidity and superior flavor. A freestone variety, it is ideal for canning, baking, and eating fresh. Self-fertile, it does not require a second pollinator tree in order to produce fruit.

The peach is the most adaptable of all fruit trees for home gardens. When planting, they should be spaced to allow a spread of 20 feet. At 3 or 4 years of age they begin to bear large crops and reach peak productivity at 8 to 12 years. Peaches need clear, hot weather during their growing season and require well-drained soil as well as a regular fertilizing program. They also require heavier pruning than any other fruit trees to maintain size and encourage new growth. Most peach varieties are self-pollinating, not requiring a second tree. Cannot tolerate extreme winter cold or late frost.

Plant Details +

Botanical Prunus persica 'Sam Houston'
Cultivator Type Peach, 'Sam Houston'
Family Rosaceae
Height 10-15' or as pruned
Spacing 10-15'
Hardiness Zone 6-9, -10º to 30ºF
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Yellow flesh and scarlet blush
Harvest Late June

General Information +

Tip: Great tree for the South with stunning pink flowers in spring! Peach trees prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil which receives regular moisture. Periodic fertilizing is beneficial for good fruit production. The trees also require heavy pruning, which should be done annually during the dormant season. Removal of fallen leaves and diseased wood helps to deter the spread of peach leaf curl and brown rot, fungal diseases, which may afflict some peaches. The early spring flowers of peach trees may be susceptible to killing frosts in colder areas.

Use: A large, sweet peach with yellow flesh. Freestone with a small pit. Fruits, Desserts, Landscape, Trees.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Average Water. Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.