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Peach (Prunus persica (L.) Batsch)

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Native to northwest China, this species has been widely cultivated for its fruit. It is established in the wild at many locations across North America, mainly as escapes from cultivation, but it is not common in the wild.

Range - Expand

Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Prefers full sun and rich, well-drained soils; in North America, mostly found in roadsides, thickets, and various abandoned sites in rural areas.


Peach is one of the most important cultivated fruits in temperate regions. Nectarines are from the same species, just with a variation producing a smooth-skinned fruit.

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