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Desert Peach
Prunus andersonii
About Desert Peach (Prunus andersonii) Nurseries Show All Photos Prunus andersonii is a species of shrub in the rose family, part of the same genus as the peach, cherry, and almond. Its common names include desert peach and desert almond. It is native to eastern California and western Nevada, where it grows in forests and scrub in desert and mountains. Prunus andersonii is a shrub approaching two meters (80 inches) in height, its tangling branches narrowing to spiny-tipped twigs. Serrated, lance-shaped to oval leaves occur in clusters, each leaf measuring up to 3 centimeters (1. 2 inches) long. The shrub is deciduous. The inflorescence is a solitary flower or pair of flowers. Each flower has usually five concave pink petals each just under a centimeter (0. 4 inches) long, with many whiskerlike stamens at the center. Flowers bloom before or at the same time as the leaves appear. The fruit is a fuzzy reddish-orange drupe around a centimeter (0. 4 inches) wide. The fruits are fleshy in years with ample moisture, and dry in drought years. The seed is a heart-shaped stone. The plant reproduces sexually via germination of the seed, and vegetatively by sprouting from its rhizome. One plant may sprout and resprout from its rhizomes to form a very large clone which can spread over several acres.

Plant Description
Plant Type
Tree, Shrub

Max. Height
3.5 - 7 ft (1.1 - 2.1 m)

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy flats, desert washes

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
82' - 11787'

Annual Precip. ?
2.5" - 67.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.37" - 3.17"

Coldest Month ?
22.2° F - 59.8° F

Hottest Month ?
42.3° F - 89.5° F

Humidity ?
0.95 vpd - 47.01 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil


Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3*, 7*, 8, 9, 10, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Crack bony endocarp; or soak 2-3 days in water (changing wa ter 1-2 times per day is beneficial) at room temperature for equally good results; then 2-2l/2 mos. stratification.

Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Desert Almond

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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