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Irish Peach apple trees

Irish Peach is a very early season apple, often ripening at the end of July or early August. It has good natural resistance to many of the diseases that affect apple trees.

For such an early apple, the flavour is good, although like all early varieties it really needs to be eaten straight from the tree.

 

Irish Peach apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £34.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £29.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

Irish Peach is easy to grow, and the tree is amongst the hardiest of apple varieties. Cropping is usually good.

Irish Peach is a good example of a tip-bearing apple variety, with most (but not all) the fruit borne on the ends of branches. For this reason it is not a good variety for any kind of training (e.g. espaliers or cordons) as the pruning needed to maintain the form will remove most of the fruiting tips. Conversely, it is a good choice if you don't want to be bothered with the chore of pruning because tip-bearers generally don't need any routine pruning.

The tree starts out fairly upright but becomes more spreading with age, a characteristic of many tip-bearing varieties.

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History

Irish Peach was discovered in Ireland in the early 19th century.

Irish Peach characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonVery early
  • Keeping (of fruit)Does not keep
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourSlightly large
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingTip-bearer
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Bitter pitSome resistance

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originIreland
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange flush