USDA Organic Desiree Peach (Prunus persica ‘NJ350’)

USDA Organic Desiree Peach

  • Excellent Quality Organically Grown
  • Red-Orange Fuzzy Fruit
  • Firm, Juicy Yellow Flesh
  • Delicious Medium-Sized Fruit
  • Bursting With Sweet Flavor
  • Self-Fruitful & Early Harvest
  • Semi-Freestone
  • Great for Eating Fresh, Baking, Freezing & Canning
  • Gorgeous Fragrant Magenta-Pink Blossoms
  • Calls Pollinators & Hummingbirds
  • Handsome Oval Form & Vibrant Green Foliage
  • Resistant to Bacterial Spots

Looking for a Peach Tree with all the bells and whistles? The USDA Organically Grown Desiree™ Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Desiree’) produces an early crop of reddish-orange fruit that will light up your eyes and your tastebuds!

The dazzling, medium-size fruit has juicy, firm yellow flesh that bursts with sweet peach flavor. The fuzz on the blushed skin is almost iridescent. Plus, it’s semi-freestone so you won’t have any trouble getting the flesh away from the stone.

These peaches are luscious straight off the tree as well as in baking and canning, so plan on enjoying them well into winter. Freeze or preserve as jam, jelly or dessert sauce, and they hold up well in pies and cobbler, lending their firm, juicy sweetness to any recipe you choose!

The USDA Organic Desiree™ Peach self-pollinates, but the bees in your area will love the pink to magenta blooms that will blanket your tree. If you are lucky, you might even see butterflies or hummingbirds flitting from blossom to blossom.

There’s nothing better than picking your own fruit from a tree that you grew yourself! Unable to hold a candle to store-bought produce, the flavor is incomparable! Plus, you’ll know exactly what went into, and onto your tree! You can’t get any healthier than that!

This semi-freestone peach has an improved resistance to split pits, and produces a large crop of high quality, early season fruit! Disease and spot resistant, you’ll enjoy amazing fruit without all the spraying.

How to Use USDA Organic Desiree™ Peach In The Landscape

You will soon be sinking your teeth into the juicy yellow flesh or popping one into the blender with a little yogurt and milk for a delicious smoothie! Churn into luscious ice cream or create a dessert sauce, jam or jelly that is out of this world! Of course, a fresh Peach pie and Peach cobbler will garner you many compliments at the next family gathering!

The floral brilliance in spring earns this modestly-sized tree a prominent place in your landscape so it can show off all its best features! Gorgeous blooms are soon followed by handsome, vibrant green foliage for shade and a fantastic backdrop to the red-orange gems that will be dangling from every branch!

Fantastic specimen plants and focal points, plant one near your seating areas or patio for shade and juicy treats. Sized to fit into nearly any home garden or orchard of any size, you can always prune these smaller as needed.

Once the handsome foliage emerges, your tree will provide lush shade over your garden beds. A reading chair or picnic table beneath these limbs make it easy to pluck a few healthy gems for a treat!

Plant this tree near a window where you can enjoy a daily view of your scrumptious fruit as it ripens on the branches. Lay a blanket beneath the limbs and enjoy a summer day in the shade.

Sized to be perfect screening and privacy trees, create a hedgerow that neither you or your neighbors will mind and you’ll both be able to enjoy the view! Their modest size also means working into an established landscape or home orchard is easy!

Desiree™ is self-fruitful but will produce a larger yield with a pollinating partner close by. Plant with another Desiree™, or another peach variety. Don’t have room for two trees? Try this high-density planting trick!

Tips For Care

The USDA Organically Grown Desiree™ Peach is a variety that produces a reliable, quality crop, and will resist bacterial spots so it will require less spraying! A vigorous growing tree, you’ll soon have your first harvest to enjoy! Nature Hills ships quality plants that are already at least 3 years old, or more, and Desiree™ produces fruit as early as 3-5 years of age!

Be sure to plant fruit trees where they can enjoy full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for the best fruit and health of your tree. Hardy in USDA growing zones 5 through 8, these are hardy and versatile trees!

You need to find a site with loamy, well-drained soil. If your soil lacks nutrients, add compost or manure to enrich it. Water regularly during fruiting season and in times of drought to best protect your investment! Fruit trees cannot tolerate soggy conditions, so be sure to provide a location that drains well.

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.

Doing best when their root systems are kept cool, mulch the surface of the root system 3 to 4 inches deep, and out to 3 feet from the canopy of the tree. Mulch will also help retain moisture and keep a more consistent moisture level throughout the growing seasons. That means less watering for you!

Proper air circulation is important as well, so prune to keep the center of the tree open to both air and sunlight. It is easy to maintain this tree much smaller if needed for a small home orchard, small yard, or for easy harvest. Maintaining a smaller tree also allows you to cover in bird netting so your local feathered friends won’t carry away all of your harvest.

In late winter, prune to keep an open canopy for sunlight and airflow to reach the interior of the tree. Read more pruning tips and tricks, as well as Peach Tree Care in our Garden Blog!

Developed by New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, Desiree™ Peach will happily produce a nice crop of delicious peaches for years to come!

USDA Organic Desiree Peach (Prunus persica ‘NJ350’) Details

Common name USDA Organic Desiree Peach
Botanical name Prunus persica 'NJ350'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3-5 Years
Height 12 - 15 ft.
Width 8 - 12 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color Pink