Last year about this time, I went to North Carolina to visit my son, David and his wife Suzi and their kids, Abby and Tyler. When I got there, Suzi and I decided to go on an impromptu trip to Charleston SC since neither of us had been there and we know/hoped that they would only be in North Carolina for another year.
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When we were in Charleston, we did a tour of the city and I found a tree there that was in bloom and I fell in love with it.
|Sweet Suzi and the kids in Charleston|
|Lunch at Bubba Gumps|
It is a flowering peppermint peach tree and it is GORGEOUS!!! The blossoms were beautiful but they also had 4-5 different colors of blossoms on one tree! I have never seen anything like it.
|My first glimpes of this AMAZING tree- the flowering peppermint peach tree!|
When we got back to our hotel, I did a search on the tree and found that it was “zoned” to grow in zones 6-10. Well, fantastic, Arizona is Zone 9, so I knew I had to get one. Well, I did. I ordered one for my Birthday present from my husband and son. They were relieved not to have to go shopping for me (hehehe). I had to order one since there weren’t any in the Phoenix area. I got it from Willis Orchards in Georgia. It came, I planted it, and the wait began! (http://www.willisorchards.com/product/Peppermint+Flowering+Peach?category=280 )
Well, it has been almost a year and my first blossoms are out! It was so exciting and beautiful. I have literally been out talking to my tree for the entire year, coaxing it through the long hot AZ summer (I did put a shade clothe over it for some of the hottest months), kept it company throughout the COLD winter (yes it is cold for me!) and now I have my reward! Just look at these “baby” blossoms!
|the magenta blossom|
|My tree just starting to get it's blossom and leaves!|
I hope everyone that comes by and sees it will want one and plant it so all of Mesa will have these beautiful trees everywhere!I do know that they are prone to fungus, at least that is what I have read, but I am willing to baby this tree because it is worth it for even 3-4 weeks of these beautiful blossoms!
|I found this picture on the internet and the tree is approximately 20 years old.|