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Skinny Peach Trees

posted on December 7, 2001

Well, that's just peachy. No...really, I mean it.

USDA horticulturists have developed two new varieties of peach trees. Both grow sweet and delicious fruit while taking up less space.

The new varieties go by the names "pillar" and "upright." Pillar trees have a discrete 5-foot canopy and bear fruit in their second year. Upright trees branch out to ten feet as opposed to the standard 16 found in most orchards. If left unpruned, both tree forms will reach a maximum height of 15 feet.

According to USDA estimates, the new trees could increase a grower's profits by as much as 20 to 50% using the same amount of land.


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