Peach | Te Kooti | Seedling


We now offer more and more cultivars as seedlings. We are doing this because we believe them to be a superior way to grow our genetically stable heritage varieties.  Modern peaches do not grow true in the same way, and so we trial all cultivars before offering them to you.  The trees are stronger and more disease resistant, but grow in size to be somewhere in between the smaller Marianna rootstock and the larger peach rootstock. We tip the central leaders in the nursery to produce a low branched tree most suitable for home gardeners.

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Previously known by us as “Jim Armstrong Black” as they came to us from Jim Armstrong Black of Ohope, whose ancestor lived around Ohiwa Harbour. The trees were growing on Ohakana Island in the Ohiwa Harbour. The peaches had been widespread and significant in the area and on the other islands. We named them Te Kooti as Te Kooti spent the end of his life living on one of the islands.

Small to medium sized peach , honey coloured skin with red blush. White slightly creamy flesh with red tinges around stone. Freestone. Firm, juicy & delicious. Heavy cropper. Desert peach. Very similar to and possibly a version of the River peach. Very healthy, strong growing variety.