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Belle of Georgia PeachPrunus persica ‘Belle of Georgia’

  • Belle of Georgia Peach - Prunus persica

The Belle of Georgia peach is an old-time favorite that produces brilliant red flowers each spring and large fruit in late August.  The peaches are very firm and highly flavored, with creamy white freestone flesh tinged with red. While excellent for fresh eating, the fruit is widely used for desserts and canning.

The Belle of Georgia peach is available in standard and dwarf sizes. While it is self-fertile, planting more than one tree is recommending to ensure a good crop. See our Fruit Tree Spacing Guide for more specifics.

Hardiness Zones

The belle of georgia peach can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is a fruit tree, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces.

Mature Size

The standard Belle of Georgia peach grows to a height of 15–25' and a spread of around 8–20' at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of 8–10'.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Belle of Georgia peach grows in sandy and well-drained soils. It is not drought-tolerant.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Produces large, creamy white freestone fruit with a bright red cheek. The flesh is firm, white with a tinge of red, and highly flavored--ideal for eating, baking and canning.
  • Yields ripe fruit typically in late August.
  • Is self-fertile but provides a better crop when planted in multiples.
  • Begins to bear large crops at ages 3–4 and reaches full potential at ages 8–12.
  • Blooms in the spring, with a profusion of bright pink to brilliant red flowers.
  • Is available in standard and dwarf sizes. Our standard Belle of Georgia seedlings are budded to Nemaguard rootstock, and our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry). Dwarf trees should be staked to help them bear the weight of the fruit and prevent leaning.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 800–850. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The fruit of peach trees are attractive to birds and squirrels