Prunus persica 'Cresthaven' (Dwarf Peach)
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Prunus persica, commonly referred to as peach, is a type of stonefruit originally native to central and eastern Asia set apart from nectarines by the presence of its telltale peachfuzz, which covers the skin of its fruits. The 'Cresthaven' cultivar is noted for its profuse fruit bearing, resistance to leafspot diseases, and its hardy, golden yellow fruit that is additionally less fuzzy than other peach varieties.
Producing glossy green foliage followed by beautiful pink flowers in the early spring, this dwarf variety of 'Cresthaven' is self-pollinating and grows to a manageable 12-15' tall. While 'Cresthaven' is able to produce fruit by itself, pollination partners may increase harvest size, though for this cultivar, pollination partners may be especially unnecessary. In the spring, 'Cresthaven' flower buds occur in large clusters, and typically need to be thinned out; especially optimal seasons can result in fruit set that is so heavy it may break branches.
Successful flower set for this species requires 800 hours of exposure to temperatures at or below 45° F throughout the winter. After flower set, pollinated flowers are followed by mature fruit set by late season, typically towards the middle of August. 'Cresthaven' peaches are edible and delicious for people, freestone and great for eating raw or preserving, but also attract a number of bees, insects, birds, and wildlife that feed on fallen fruits.