Peaches & Nectarines

Peach and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits.

Prunus persica

Atlanta peaches and nectarines have a couple things working against them. If you manage to find them before the animals do or before they fall, they still tend to be pretty scrawny.

You can get plenty of them, but hard to get much meat on them….maybe they need a good dose of pruning/pesticides to fatten up. The peaches are likewise readily attacked by pests, while nectarines seem quite a bit more resistant.

Identification

By far the most identifying characteristic of peach and nectarine trees are their leaves: long, slender, drooping, and curled inward along their length, sometimes extensively. The curl is usually the dead giveaway. In general the trees don’t get very large—usually a stepladder would be all that is necessary.