Iowa white peach is a discovery that has been shared both as a cloned tree as well as a 'wild or feral' peach in a state not know for its peaches. We first grew it from a Seed Savers Exchange exchange where the owner found it in a ditch. Since then we have other growers who like to grow it from the pits instead of grafting or cloning. If something damages the trunk like borers or a weed whacker the root stock re sprouts and grows true. Since the early introductions, it is a relatively stable heirloom white cling stone peach able to tolerate very cold winter temperatures along with fluctuating spring time weather patterns.
The Iowa is known to only a few as a small white peach but has grown in popularity as an heirloom peach possibly passed down from the early Spanish who brought the fruit to North America first. Limited quantities due to our plantings are not producing large numbers of fruit yet.
|Genus & Species||Prunus persica|
|Pollination Requirements||Self fruitful as far as we know but may benefit with any other peach nearby.|
|Soil||Sandy loam or sandy soil ideal. Can tolerate heavier soils but not wet feet.|
|Climate||Zone 4ish-8. Bud hardiness of the flowers is an issue if it hits -20F.|
|Ease of Cultivation||One of the easiest fruit trees to grow from seed and fruit taking only 4 years from seed to flower.|