Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Peach - Prunus persica   (L.) Batsch
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Author(L.) Batsch
DistributionMostly Sandhills, Piedmont, and Mountains, scarce on the Coastal Plain.

Native of eastern Asia; in N.A. -- N.S. to Ont., south to FL and TX; scattered westward.
AbundanceFairly common in most of the state, but rare in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, old fields, disturbed woodlands, established near long-abandoned homesites and farmyards.
PhenologyFlowering March-April; fruiting June-August.
IdentificationThe Peach is well-known to most Carolinians, with its showy pink flowers and very large, tasty fruits. The leaves tend to be relatively longer compared to width of our other alien Prunus species -- i.e., lanceolate to narrowly elliptical, with blunt teeth, glabrous when mature.
Taxonomic CommentsBy some treated as Pyrus persica.

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