The Tropic Snow Peach Tree is named for the snowy white flesh of this warm weather performer. The Tropic Snow Peach Tree was bred through a partnership between the University of Florida and Texas A&M University, and is designed to thrive in Northern and Central Florida, or anywhere with a similar climate. Tropic Snow Peach Trees are suited for USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8 to 9, where they will do best in the ground, in direct sun, and in well-drained soil. You can also grow a Tropic Snow Peach Tree in a pot in Zones 4 to 10.
Tropic Snow Peach Trees only need 225 Chill Hours (hours below 45ºF) each year to bloom and produce peaches. Tropic Snow Peaches are yellow-green with a pretty pink blush, have white, melting, freestone flesh, and are easy to grow and maintain. The trees grow to 18 feet tall and 15 feet wide, so you can fit one in almost any yard. The Tropic Snow Peach Tree’s self-fertile flowers bloom in spring and the small, sweet peaches are ready to eat in the summer. Add one or two to your fruit tree collection and enjoy the sweet rewards of the white-fleshed Tropic Snow Peach.
Tropic Snow Peach Tree Care
Tropic Snow Peach Trees do best in light, well-drained soil with good amounts of organic matter applied to the growing area and as top dressing under the trees. Choose a planting location that is sheltered from strong winds, and that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. Clear the planting area of all weeds and grass. Plant so that the top of the root ball is even with the ground surface, and build an 8-inch high soil berm in a circle around the tree to make a circle bed that is about 6 feet in diameter.
For the first year water once per week by slowly flooding the bed, then allowing it to drain fully. The circle bed around the Tropic Snow Peach Tree can be filled with a 3 to 5-inch layer of mulch, but keep mulch 4 to 6-inches away from the trunk base to prevent moisture damage. Water established trees (after 1 year in the ground) when soil is dry to 2-inches deep. The Tropic Snow Peach Tree is self-fertile, which means that one tree will produce peaches. You can increase the numbers of peaches per tree by planting another warm weather peach in the same area.
Fruit & Harvesting
After blooming in spring, the Tropic Snow Peach Tree will produce small yellow-green peaches that will increase in size and develop pink blush by summer. Tropic Snow Peaches are ripe and ready to eat when they begin to soften on the tree. Harvest Tropic Snows when the fruits blush pink, are slightly soft when squeezed gently, and have juicy, sweet flesh. Tropic Snow Peaches have a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, which gives then an outstanding flavor.
Tropic Snow Peaches are good for eating fresh, blending into smoothies, making peach jam, ice cream, and baked goods such as cobbler or peach pie. Store harvested peaches in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, and freeze them for long-term storage. To freeze peaches, remove the seeds, peel, and slice the flesh. Arrange in a single layer on a tray covered with wax paper and freeze for one hour. Then the slices can be transferred into a plastic food storage container with tight lid, and frozen for several months. Frozen peaches are great for desserts and blended drinks.
Tropic Snow Peach Trees can also be grown in containers. Choose a pot that is larger than the tree’s current rootball, and with holes for drainage. Be sure to provide potted Tropic Snow Peach Trees with as much direct sun as possible. Water when the potted soil surface is dry to 2-inches deep. If severe storms or high winds are possible, bring the potted tree into a protected location such as a garage or shed, especially if the tree is supporting new blooms or very young fruit.
When it’s time to water your potted Tropic Snow Peach Trees be sure to allow the soil to fully drain. If you are watering the potted trees indoors, use a potting saucer under the pot to catch runoff water. You can also place the tree into a standing shower to let the excess water drain from the pot. If possible and when weather allows, water potted peach trees outdoors. Prune both potted and in-ground trees in late winter before spring growth arrives.
How many Chill Hours does a Tropic Snow Peach Tree need?
Tropic Snow Peach Trees need as little as 225 Chill Hours to bloom and grow fruit.
How big will a Tropic Snow Peach Tree get?
Healthy Tropic Snow Peach Trees in good conditions will grow to 18 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Potted trees will stay smaller.
Does the Tropic Snow Peach Tree need a pollinator?
Tropic Snow Peach Trees are self-fertile and can grow fruit with only one tree. Peach trees grown with a pollinator tree will produce even more delicious peaches.
How cold hardy are Tropic Snow Peach Trees?
Tropic Snow Peach Trees can take low temperatures down to 20ºF.