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Rochester peach / nectarine

Prunus persica
An excellent yellow-fleshed peach, well-suited to the UK climate.

Rochester peach / nectarine identification images

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USDA identification images for Rochester

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • USDA watercolor image of Prunus persica: Rochester

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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2022 season

  • 14th March  2022  - tree owned by Richard in Objat, France

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  • Species: Prunus persica - Peach


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Flesh colour: Golden / Yellow
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Awards: RHS AGM (former)


  • Cling-stone: Freestone
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Picking month: September
  • Picking period: early September
  • Picking period: mid-September
  • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Gardening skill: Experienced
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Pruning: Do not prune


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Cold-hardiness: Not cold-hardy
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Hot (>30C / 86F)

Other qualities

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Peach leaf curl: Some susceptibility

Where to buy trees

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Where to buy fresh fruit

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