David's peach is a deciduous flowering tree with a rounded habit. It is sometimes ornamentally grown for its showy bloom of single, five-petaled, whitish flowers. Flowers appear before the leaves in early spring. Flowers are followed by globose, furry, yellow fruits that are tasteless, dry and for all practical purposes inedible. Each fruit has one large seed. Upright branches are clad with slender, lanceolate, sharp-toothed, dark green leaves which are pale green beneath with reddish veins. This tree has excellent winter hardiness and is sometimes used as a rootstock for edible peaches (Prunus persica).
David's peach is native to China. Genus name is the old Latin name the European flowering plum. Specific epithet honors Jean Pierre Armand David (1826-1900), French Jesuit missionary and naturalist, who collected this plant in China and introduced it into France in 1865.
Winter hardy to USDA Zone 4 where it may be grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained, acidic loams in full sun to light shade. Best flowering is in full sun. Foliage appreciates some part afternoon shade in the hot summers of the deep South. Avoid heavy clays and poorly drained wet soils. Prune if needed immediately after flowering.
Ornamental flowering tree. Best sited in sunny areas of the landscape where the flowers can be seen and appreciated at the time of bloom. Trees are otherwise neither distinctive nor showy after bloom. This species is not commonly available in commerce.
Info Source: missouribotanicalgarden.org
Genus - Prunus
Species - Davidiana
Common name - Davids Peach
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 8'-25' / 2.40 - 7.60 m
Spread - 8'-25' / 2.40 - 7.60 m
Plant type - Medium Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous ornamental
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Screening / Wind Break, Edible Fruits
Germination rate - 85%
Bloom season - Early Spring, Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
|Germination||1. Soak the seeds in a bowl of cool water overnight. Lay the seeds on a flat surface to dry for several hours.|
2. Stratify seeds in a plastic bag full of moist sand inside the refrigerator for 90 days. Keep the sand barely moist during the cold stratification period.
3. Sow the seeds the following spring once outdoor temperatures rise above 65F (+18C) during the day and 48F (+8C) at night. Or sow indoors in the propagator or pots
4. Prepare a pot for each seed. Fill 8-inch plastic pots with garden soil taken from the bed where the trees will eventually be planted. Sow one seed in each pot at a depth of 1 inch.
5. Water the seeds to a depth of 3 inches after planting them. Maintain moisture at a 3-inch depth during the germination process.
6. Place the pots outdoors in a sheltered spot where they will be exposed to direct sun in the morning and afternoon. Protect the seeds from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day since the soil will warm too quickly and dry out.
7. Watch for sprouting one month after sowing. Maintain the same light and moisture conditions provided to the seeds during germination until they grow to 4 inches in height.
8. Plant the seedlings into a sunny, sandy bed at least 75 days before the first frost in autumn, or shelter the seedlings in a cold frame until the following spring if it is too late in the year for planting. (info source: eHow.com)