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Indian Blood Cling Peach

Prunus persica ‘'Indian Blood Cling'’
Spaniards introduced this novel peach to Mexico in the sixteenth century. By the next century, European explorers in southeastern North America were astonished to find this Old World fruit being grown by native tribes. This was possible because, unlike most fruit varieties that are maintained solely by complex methods of budding or grafting, the 'Indian Blood' can be grown easily from seed. Nomadic tribes and traders must have carried it north from Mexico. Thomas Jefferson ordered this variety in 1807 from Thomas Main, a Washington nurseryman, who described it as "very large and excellent." The fruit, entirely splashed and mottled with scarlet, tigerlike stripes, is sometimes twelve inches round. The skin resembles a beet: scarlet, tough, stringy, meaty, although pleasantly flavored and brisk.Text adapted from Fruit and Fruit Trees of Monticello by Peter J. Hatch.
Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
Color(s): 
Pink
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Mar 18 to 2002 Apr 232003 Mar 31 to 2003 Apr 302004 Mar 29 to 2004 Apr 232005 Apr 5 to 2005 Apr 262006 Mar 16 to 2006 Apr 202007 Mar 28 to 2007 Apr 202008 Mar 24 to 2008 Apr 252009 Apr 10 to 2009 May 12011 Apr 6 to 2011 Apr 262012 Mar 22 to 2012 Apr 162013 Apr 2 to 2013 Apr 302014 Mar 31 to 2014 May 12015 Apr 5 to 2015 Apr 272016 Mar 21 to 2016 Apr 6
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