YOU CAN cry tears of joy at this news – the world’s first edible weeping peach is now all ready for planting – and delivering sweet mouthfuls.
Its apt name, taken from the adjective lachrymose meaning tearful, is Lacrima.
From Devon-based Suttons, this unique debutante will send out cascading branches that bear sweet, juicy peaches.
The yields begin from the second year of planting, so patience here will prove virtuous in the longer scheme of things.
The tree, reaching a height of 8ft-10ft and grown on Montclare rootstock, is perfect for small gardens and will delight by producing lovely pink blossom in spring followed by yellow-fleshed fruit in late summer.
Its other main credential is that it is self-fertile, so no worries about having to shell out for a similar, compatible variety. Lacrima does the job on its own and picking should begin in August.
One bare root tree costs £27.99.
Peaches – and nectarines, come to that – enjoy life in a medium loam with decent drainage and prefer a sunny spot to anything that’s too shady.
Despite fears to the contrary, they are quite hardy, especially in southern Britain, with nectarines ever so slightly less hardy than its better-known, close relative.
From peaches to persimmons, aka Sharon Fruit – not a particularly well-known fruit tree in the UK, though they deserve to be more widely grown.
They are well suited to life in a greenhouse, conservatory or a hot, sunny spot outdoor. Fruits should be picked in late October and allowed to ripen to sweet perfection on a sunny windowsill.
When ripe, eat them fresh by spooning out the smooth, custard-like flesh. You’ll find the taste is sweet and delicious, not terribly different from a mango.
They can also be used in desserts or even dried and will reach an eventual height of around 16ft.
Like peaches, persimmons are hardy and will respond well to a sunny spot. My own plant is probably in too much shade, but it is well clothed in foliage.
I pocketed the stone from a fruit I ate during a holiday lunch in Italy’s Puglia region some years ago, brought it home where it germinated in my greenhouse and was eventually planted out in the big outdoors. No fruits have been forthcoming yet, but there’s always another year.
Suttons persimmon, called Kaki, costs £31.99 for a young bare-root tree.
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⏩⏩➡» Juicy fruits: Left and above right – two images of Suttons new weeping peach, Lacrima; above right – Persimmon Kaki ready for harvesting.