|'Helen Borchers' has late blooming, semi-double blossoms in clear pink, up to 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Flowering Peach Trees have the same cultural requirements and growth habit as fruiting peach trees, described below. They have a somewhat greater growth range than the fruit trees, and of course are grown for their flowers. The fruit is either absent or inedible. Flowers can be damaged by an early frost, they appear between late winter and early spring. Best placed where they are highly visible while in bloom but form the background of a landscape the rest of the year. Choose earlier varieties in warmer climates.
Prunus persica, or the common peach tree, can be grown in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, some areas of the Midwest, Great Lakes, California and dry summer areas of the Northwest and Intermountain West. Cultivars developed for differing climates can extend its range somewhat. Peach trees need some winter chilling during the dormant season and also require clear, hot weather during the growing season. In areas with possible late frosts, plant later blooming varieties. Areas with cool and rainy springs, produce trees that set fewer flowers, don't pollinate well and are subject to peach leaf curl.