Heath Cling Peach

Prunus persicus 'Heath Cling'


In 1813 Jefferson recorded planting "4. fine Heath peach stones. Carysbrook," in the nursery. He received them from Wilson Cary of Fluvanna County. Heath Cling is not only considered the first named American cultivar but was also the most highly acclaimed. The fruit of the Heath Cling is very large, sometimes weighing half a pound, and it terminates in a point at the head. It ripens in September yet is frequently stored and eaten during October and November, a unique feature among peaches. The skin is creamy white, sometimes with a red blush, while the flesh is abundant with juice.

Text adapted from Fruit and Fruit Trees of Monticello by Peter J. Hatch.

Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): Pink Hardiness Zones: 6 - 10 Location at Monticello: South Orchard Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.009490,-78.451348

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 1 – Apr 152003: Mar 31 – Apr 182004: Mar 29 – Apr 232005: Apr 5 – Apr 262006: Mar 31 – Apr 202007: Mar 28 – Apr 202008: Apr 4 – Apr 252009: Apr 6 – May 12012: Mar 19 – Apr 92013: Apr 11 – Apr 302014: Mar 31 – May 1