Galaxy Peach Tree
Developed by the Agriculture Research Service, it is very hardy and adaptable.
The show begins in spring with this upright, well-branched little tree, when every stem is decorated with showy 1-inch pink blooms. After the flowers pass, the fruit begins to grow, maturing in early to midsummer. (You'll know it's ready when a light twist and tug pulls the fruit free easily from its stem!) Called doughnut or bagel peaches because of their flattish shape, they have succulent white flesh and the sweetest, most tender flavor available anywhere in the Peach family. A delicacy -- at your fingertips, year after year!
Like all Peaches, Galaxy grows quickly in full sun and normal to sandy soil. Hardy to -20 degrees F, it delivers at least 50 pounds of 3-inch-wide, 5- to 6-ounce fruit a year, with skin of cream blushed with red. (There is a nectarine in the breeding!) It likes things a bit on the dry side, so don't over-feed it or it will grow quickly but not strongly. Reaching 10 to 12 feet tall within 5 years of planting, it boasts a nice vase-like shape. What a good little tree for the front yard, the patio, or an accent in the back garden!
Developed by the Agriculture Research Service, Galaxy is self-pollinating, so it needs no second tree to fertilize its flowers. However, once you taste these delectable "peento" fruits, you'll probably be back for more next season! Zones 5-9. Sunset Western 2-11, 14-15, 18.
|Zone||5 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Early Spring - Late Spring|
|Plant Height||12 ft - 15 ft|
|Bloom Size||1 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Edible, Fragrance|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Season Of Interest||Spring|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Cuisine, Ornamental, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Virgin Islands, Guam, Washington, Arizona, Canada, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico|
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.