Peach trees are common throughout the world. In the United States, the most prevalent areas of commercial peach production are in the South and California. Miniaturized peach trees are popular for backyard gardens. The several kinds of tree each produce a slightly different type of peach.
Peach trees are native to China. They were cultivated as long ago as 2000 BC. The tree spread via trade between Asia and the Middle East.
A peach tree reaches its full growth when it approaches a height of eight feet and a width of roughly 16 feet. The roots of the tree descend to almost three feet into the ground.
California is responsible for the bulk of U.S. peach production, and has the most peach trees of any state, about 65 percent of total trees.
The most popular types of peach tree in the United States are the Belle of Georgia, Gala, Southern Pearl and Florida King.
Semi-dwarf peach trees can be grown for personal fruit gardens. While large trees begin bearing fruit in the first year, these miniature versions usually take three years to produce.
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