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Desert Peach (Prunus)

Prunus andersonii
SKU: HC017889
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
Blooming in mid-spring, the shrubby Desert Peach (Prunus andersonii) perfumes the garden with its showy pink flowers, attracting bees and butterflies. Small oval leaves occur in clusters along the branches. The flowers are followed by numerous dime-sized peaches that are attractive to birds and wildlife, though not edible for humans. Desert Peach is a rarely grown, but very desirable, long-lived Western native shrub for the xeric garden.
key features
Botanical Name
Prunus andersonii
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Fragrant, Privacy
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
5-8' tall
Bloom Time
Late spring


Blooming in mid-spring, the shrubby Desert Peach (Prunus andersonii) perfumes the garden. Its small pink flowers have five concave petals and whisker-like stamens, followed by a crop of fuzzy peaches, which have a heart-shaped seed in the center. Its native range includes eastern California and western Nevada, where it grows in the desert and mountains. This long-loved western native is rarely grown because of the difficulty of collecting its seed, but Chief Horticulturist David Salman has been Desert Peach for several decades in his Santa Fe gardens, where he collects the large seeds. It prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil, and careful attention to watering is needed to get the young plants established. But once comfortable, the shrub is long-lived and a wonderful addition to the xeric garden. Desert Peach is a host plant for a wide variety of butterflies and moths and provides habitat and food for birds and other pollinators. This plant is recommended for western gardens only. Companion plants include Apache Plume (Fallugia) and Sand Cherry (such as Prunus besseyi Pawnee Buttes®).
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