Semi-dwarf on Citation rootstock.
Chill hours: 250 - 300
Harvest: July 7 - July 20
Looks: Small to medium white-fleshed freestone.
Personality: Sweet and juicy, aromatic, low in acid.
Facts of note: Dave Wilson's Taste Test Top Scorer. Low chill hours and great for mild climates. Long-time favorite for both fresh eating and canning. Babcock was the name of the game for decades when it came to white peaches, it was the standard by which new white peach cultivars were evaluated. Nearly fuzzless skin.
Babcock was developed in 1933 out of low chill peach breeding efforts of the University of California Riverside and Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, CA. The peach was named after professor E. B. Babcock who originally started the line of research in Whittier, CA. Babcock is a Strawberry-Peento peach cross and has contributed the characteristic of firm flesh to many modern sub-acid white peaches including White Lady.
A Extremely vigorous trees requiring regular pruning and thinning. Needs fertile, well drained soils. Tend to bloom early and may be difficult to crop in late frost areas. Plant several varieties for continued supply, as ripe fruit does not store well. Susceptible to peach leaf curl, brown rot, oriental fruit moth and peach twig borer. Trees are 2 years old and should begin to fruit in their 3rd year. Citation Rootstock is tolerant of wet soil, induces early dormancy in dry soil, is very winter hardy, resists root knot nematodes, and produces a 12'-18' tree. By pruning you can keep your tree at any height.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Pecan, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.