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ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Peach • Hindi: Adhoo आढू • Manipuri: ꯆꯨꯝꯕ꯭ꯔꯩ Chumbrei • Kannada: Pichesu • Oriya: Pishu • Mizo: Theite-hmul • Kashmiri: Tchenun ﮊﹺﻧﹹﻦ
Botanical name: Prunus persica     Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Widely popular for their sweet, juicy fruits and beautiful blossoms, Peach trees are actually plagued by so many different pests and diseases that they should probably only be planted by the horticulturally dedicated homeowner. A low, broad tree, 15 to 25 feet tall with an equal or greater spread, Peach trees form a rounded crown with upwardly-reaching branches clothed in three to six-inch-long, dark green, deciduous leaves. The lovely flowers which appear in April before the new leaves unfold are available in single, semi-double, and double forms in colors ranging from pure white to deep red and bicolors. The luscious three-inch- diameter fruits mature in July to August. Bright yellow fall color really stands out in many years.

Identification credit: Thingnam Girija Photographed in cultivation.

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