Saturn Donut Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Saturn’)
Saturn Donut Peach Tree
When it comes to peaches, round is boring. Some enjoy a unique shape that will excite and intrigue! The Saturn Donut Peach (Prunus persica ‘Saturn’) is one of these special peach varieties with novelty shaped fruit.
The Saturn Donut Peach, as the name implies, looks like the rings of Saturn, its planetary namesake! With a flat shape that’s narrow in the center thicker on the outside. Once you remove the pit, it looks just like a juicy donut! It is a great for plucking right from the tree and fresh eating out of hand!
Saturn peach skin is a mellow yellow with a little overlay of red. They tend to have less fuzz than most peaches. The flesh is white, sometimes color of cream, with just a touch of yellow. Amazing flavor that is so much better than anything you’ll find in the grocery store!
The wonder begins long before you taste the fruit, because the Saturn Donut Peach will have branches loaded with beautiful, fragrant and delicate pink blossoms that will draw butterflies, bees and hummingbirds from miles around!
A perfect ornamental stunner, when combined with its modest size, Saturn is a fantastic specimen tree and focal point. With the fantastic foliage, this is a great shade and landscape addition!
While it looks odd, what does the Saturn Donut Peach taste like? They are best eaten fresh and that is where this variety excels! Bite into the creamy flesh, and you will find that this freestone peach is extremely sweet and very juicy! Bursting with well-loved peach flavor plus you can even detect a hint of almond flavor.
The Saturn Donut Peach produces a heavy crop faster than most varieties, sometimes giving you a hefty crop in the second year. This variety produces mid-season and is suited for warmer climates than other peach varieties. Best in USDA growing zones 5-8.
Fruit trees prefer full sun for best fruit production, preferring morning sun and at least 6 hours of direct sunight. They do need water regularily, especially when it is hot and dry, but be careful not to overwater yours.
Best in fertile, organic soil, be sure the site is well-drained and loamy. This hardy variety resists bacterial leaf spots and the blooms are susceptible to late frosts.
The Saturn Donut Peach self-pollinates, but planting a second tree will increase your yield. If you don’t have room for a second, try this high-density planting trick! Read more about Peach Tree Care in our Garden Blog! Prune this tree to control the size so it fits in about any sized landscape or orchard!
For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.
The doughnut peach, or Chinese flat peach, originated in China where it was exclusively reserved for Emperors! It came to the US in the late 1800s where it’s been a fresh-eating favorite ever since! If you are set on the Saturn Donut Peach, where should you plant it?
|Common name||Saturn Donut Peach Tree|
|Botanical name||Prunus persica 'Saturn'|
|Harvest time||3-5 Years|
|Height||12 - 18 ft.|
|Width||12 - 15 ft.|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|