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Has anybody ever heard of a peach variety called Shanghai peach? I have tried googling it and nothing comes up in the search as far as a fruit variety goes.
It is a peach my dad asked me if I would like for my garden, and that is what he called it.
Apparently it is a very old variety.
ps: i am not obsessed with peaches honest i'm not :D
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Jimmy says...
Does he mean china flat?

Thats an old school peach, u can get it from Diggers.
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zady says...
thats possible jimmy, he just told me what my uncle calls it.
Apparently it was planted by my grandfather, just the single tree, and its seedlings were true to type, and my uncle planted some of the seedlings, and several years ago, my dad got some of the next gen seedlings, also true to type. I will find a pic of the china flat and email it to him and ask him if thats what they look like
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Stella says...
Did you find your Shanghai peach? I remember an Aunty of mine grew them when I was a child (about 65 years ago), and I've been looking for a tree ever since! They were a very large peace (about tennis ball size), white flesh with a little bit of pink around the stone (clingstone). They were very moist and juicy and had a delicious flavour. Being a very old variety, they may be impossible to get - no nursery I have ever asked has heard of them - but I guess we may be lucky!
Cheers.
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Stella says...
PS meant to say that it is definately NOT a China Flat!
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Zady says...
Hi Stella, no I never found it... though I haven't had a chance to talk to my dad about it. He has only just got home from travelling around Aus - again! lol

But I will call him this evening and ask him about it.

SO it is definitely a Shanghai Peach then? I will ask him what they look like to see if the description matches with yours, and let you know. If he has seedlings I may be able to get you one or 2 if you would like.

Zady
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Stella says...
Hello Zady,
As I remember, the peach was quite large (between tennis and cricket ball size), and had a reddish skin. The flesh was white, with red around the stone and as I said before, it was clingstone. Lots of beautiful juice and wonderful flavour.
I certainly would love a seedling, if any available - that would be awesome. I would then need to fence it in, as I have a massive possum problem here in Ferntree Gully!!! :)
Cheers,
Stella.
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Stella says...
Oh der! Just re-read my previous post and found I had already told you what the peach looked like. Sorry about that - call it "Old Timer's Disease".
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Jacko says...
The Shanghai is an old world peach, good size but not as big as a tennis ball. Has good flavour but not as sweet as modern peaches. Great to eat and stew. It is a slipstone, not clingstone.
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Brendan says...
G'day Jacko, looks exactly like mine, but mine is a dwarf. Is yours a dwarf?
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Jacko says...
Hello Brendan. No, mine aren't dwarf and nor are all the others growing around here. They grow true from seed and there are many growing beside the Oxley Highway
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Stella says...
Hi All,
Happy New Year. I just checked in again with this forum and read the replies with interest. Maybe my memory of the size of the Shanghai has dimmed with the years. The picture certainly looks like it but I remember it as being quite sweet and good to eat as a table peach. Perhaps it depends on where it was grown - mine was grown at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains, near Quirindi and Gunnedah.
Many thanks for everyone for the interest shown - I will talk to the folk at Diggers and see whether they know anything about it. If I find anything, I'll let you all know where you can get one!
Cheers,
Stella.
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Jacko says...
I guess if I thinned them a bit the size would be bigger. I think fruit like peaches would be a bit better from around Gunnedah. Mine are certainly nice to eat when fully ripe, but I think some of the new white peaches are sweeter. If anyone wants some seed they are welcome.
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Giordano Farms says...
Hello,
We sell Shanghai peaches here. It is from trees brought over from Italy from my grandfather. My dad grafted it and we now have an orchard of them. You can find us in San Jose, Ca.
Check out our website at www.giordanofarms.com
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Giordano Farms says...
Hello,
We sell Shanghai peaches here. It is from trees brought over from Italy from my grandfather. My dad grafted it and we now have an orchard of them. You can find us in San Jose, Ca.
Check out our website at www.giordanofarms.com
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Melaine says...
Jacko, I'd appreciate some seeds if you can spare them. I LOVE the fresh Shanghai peaches from Giordano Farms, BTW. If any of you are in the Bay Area they are worth a trip!
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Loz59 says...
Zady, we have a family story that my 3rd great uncle Capt Roland Pickering used to sail between Sydney and China in the 1850's. He brought back a splendid peach for one Mr Issac Nichols who was associated with shipping in Sydney at the time. Mr Nichols cultivated it and Mr Shepherd of Shepherd Nursery's in Darlington propergated it and was sold on the marketknown as 'The Shanghai'. Did you find a specimen?
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