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Re: [nafex] Purple leaves, tasty fruit

These purple leaved peaches do turn up once in a while.  They were mentioned
in the purple leaved plum book.  I have one, from seed.  The snag is that
deer zero in on reddish shoots first, so they will go to the purple leaved
stuff and leave other trees alone, so I have a heck of a time getting the
peach to get to bearing size.  I am using a tree tube now, and while that
keeps the deer off, the part inside the tube doesn't grow as well, so most
new growth wants to come from the base and go up the outside.  I got this
one because it resists leaf curl, but the other traits seem to outweigh the
-Lon Rombough
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>From: rick valley <bamboogrove@cmug.com>
>To: <nafex@egroups.com>
>Subject: Re: [nafex] Purple leaves, tasty fruit
>Date: Fri, Jan 12, 2001, 10:22 AM

>I bet Lon has something to say about this...
>WAAAY Back in the 1970's, on SE 28th in Portland, OR, there was a
>purple-leaved peach on the south side of an office building. purple peaches,
>white-fleshed, small but quite delicious. Never saw leaf curl on it, but it
>was virtually under the eave, next to the road & sidewalk. It was hit hard by
>the ice storm of 1980, so they tore it out. End of story?
>Rick Valley Northern Groves 
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