Muir Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Muir’)

Muir Peach Tree

Deciding on a Peach tree can be tough with so many wonderful varieties to choose from. Perhaps a few of the paraphrased quotes about the heirloom Muir Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Muir’) from a convention of fruit growers in 1884 described it as:

‘The very finest canning peaches we have ever seen.’
‘So sweet you almost don’t need to add sugar.’
‘Very small pit that almost falls out as you cut it.’
‘Cooks very satisfactorily.’
‘Very dry fleshed, easier to dry than other varieties.’
‘Unattractive yellow-green skin.’

Oh well, looks aren’t everything, and with Muir, it’s all about the taste, ease of preparation and overall health and vigor! Muir is a wonderful all-round Peach variety, great for fresh eating, canning and drying. It’s also disease resistant and has a dependable, prolific fruit set!

Other varieties of popular drying peaches take 7 to 9-lbs of fruit to produce 1-lb of finished product. The Muir slashes that average with 4 to 5-lbs of fresh to produce 1-lb dried. You won’t need to add much sugar, so they’re perfect for sugar-free preserves. You’ll love the outstanding flavor and sweetness that shines through and the orange flesh makes a beautiful finished product!

Planting and Application:

Praised for its fine-grained, smooth texture, this high-quality fruit is a must-have for homesteads and home gardeners, and a superior selection for those that enjoy easy food preparation. This beloved variety is fantastic for pies, cobblers, jams, and all other preparations. Of course, perfect right off your tree fresh.

Muir is self-fruitful, so you’ll get a crop with just one, but even self-pollinating trees appreciate having partners nearby. The gorgeous, fragrant pink flowers and lovely canopy are another great quality, attracting pollinators to do all the work for you!

  • Late Mid-Season Freestone
  • Heirloom Variety
  • Yellow Flesh & Sweet, Red Blushed Skin
  • Vigorous & Prolific
  • Fresh Eating, Drying & #1 Canning Peach at Turn of 20th Century

Tips for Care:

All Peach trees need a well-drained, enriched and moderately moist full sun location. Mulch well and prune when dormant. Increase your harvest with a pollinator partner.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture & Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Prune When Dormant & Thin For Largest Fruit
  • 600-700 Chill Hours
  • Disease Resistant to Peach Leaf Curl

Muir Peach Tree is an old variety, but a modern success story. This heirloom was nearly lost to the history books.

Muir Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Muir’) Details

Common name Muir Peach Tree
Botanical name Prunus persica 'Muir'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Fast
Harvest time 3 - 5 Years
Height 12 - 15 ft.
Width 10 -12 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color Pink