Bonanza dwarf peach tree

Bonanza Patio Peach Tree

Compact Size and Large Fruit in One Year

Why Bonanza Peach Trees?

You’ll get visual interest and fresh, juicy fruit…and fast, in one compact package. The Bonanza Peach Tree is known for its abundance of full-sized, fast-growing peaches, sweet and filled with refreshing flavor.

It’s a versatile tree with tons of benefits. Large enough to grow bushels of delicious peaches but still well-suited to nearly any location in your landscape, it’s the picture of adaptability. Whether it’s planted in a container on your porch or patio or placed in your favorite location among other fruit trees in your yard, the Bonanza Peach is a staple that thrives without much maintenance.

Why is Better

We’ve nurtured it and monitored this tree at our nursery, long before it arrives to your door, it’s ready to acclimate to your area right away – and produce fruit in its very first year. And since we’ve put in the extra work, caring for this incredible specimen is as easy as any of the standard peach trees.

Imagine freshly-picked, flavorful peaches right from your backyard…just without the hassle. With our expertly-grown Bonanza Peach Tree, it’s possible. Order your very own today!

Planting & Care

Living up to its name, the Bonanza Patio Peach Tree is perfect for small gardens, on a deck, or in a container.

1. Planting: Plant your Bonanza Patio Peach Tree in well-drained soil in a location that receive full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day). Protect your tree from heavy winds by planting on the sunniest side of a building or your home.

When you’re ready to plant, dig the hole twice the size as the root ball and just a little shallower. Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Bonanza, place the tree, back fill the soil and apply water to settle. If you’re container-growing, be sure to select a pot with plenty of holes in the bottom, along with a pot size that’s twice the size of the plant’s shipped container.

2. Watering (in ground): Keep the soil around your Bonanza moist, but not over saturated. Watering once a week by leaving a hose at the base of the tree for a couple of hours is sufficient. Once the soil around the tree has dried, water the tree again. During times of extreme heat, your tree may need additional water.

For container-grown Bonanzas, stick your finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water it slowly until you see water escaping the drainage holes and then stop.

3. Fertilizing: Fertilize your tree with a well-balanced fertilizer such as a 12-12-12 formula. Apply in spring before the tree pushes out new growth. Repeat this in the summer and fall seasons as well.

4. Pruning: Bonanza Trees should only be pruned while the plant is dormant without leaves. That is usually in winter or early spring before the leaf buds open up.

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Dwarf Peach ‘Bonanza’


Edible Fruits and Nuts



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown – Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown – Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Amesti, California

Corralitos, California

Elkhorn, California

Interlaken, California

Pajaro, California

San Anselmo, California

Watsonville, California

Las Vegas, Nevada

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Houston, Texas

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It was a TV show that didn’t seem to have a chance. In fact, the first season’s guest stars were actually paid more than the cast because the producers worried no one would watch a group of unknown actors.

After almost being canceled, this larger-than-life western lived up to its name and became a true “Bonanza.”

The word Bonanza came to English from Spanish, meaning originally “fair weather at sea,” which meant successful shipping and prosperity, from the same Latin that gives us “bonus.” Soon it meant any unexpected fortune.

The aptly named Bonanza Dwarf Peach Tree (Prunus persica Bonanza) is a true genetic dwarf peach tree that naturally only grows 5-feet tall, or even smaller.

The bonus is that this miniature tree produces full-sized juicy, yellow-fleshed peaches. The yellow fruits with a red blush ripen in mid-June.

In spring, the tree bursts into bloom with stunning bright semi-double pink flowers that contrast well with the dark green leaves.

Ask your local nursery to order the Bonanza peach tree or try mail order sources such as Fast Growing Trees (

Because of its small size, Bonanza peach trees are easy to grow in a large pot on the deck or patio, or tucked into corners of your yard where a full-sized peach tree would take up too much room.

You can fertilize your Bonanza peach tree each spring with a slow-release, balanced organic fertilizer.

Trees grown in pots will need to be fed every few weeks, using fertilizer low in nitrogen.

Because Bonanza peach trees are self-pollinating, you can plant a single tree and still get fruit. If you do plant them outdoors, set the trees 5 to 6 feet apart.

Choose a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Best soil is well draining, with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5.

To let the air circulate freely, prune the branches so that the tree has an open center area. Prune while the tree is dormant.

Even though peach trees naturally drop some immature fruit in June, your tiny tree may still have too many peaches for them all to grow and ripen properly so thin the crop when the fruit is just an inch in diameter.

Keep a good 6 to 8 inches between remaining young fruit.

Your Bonanza dwarf peach will usually bloom and fruit when the tree is just 3 or 4 years old. Peaches grown in pots often yield slightly fewer fruits than trees planted directly in the garden.

A miniature Bonanza peach tree will be a great low-maintenance addition to your patio, deck or small garden.

Soon enough you will have homegrown peaches for cobblers, ice cream or just to eat out of hand.

As for the TV show, the stars Lorne Greene, Michael Landon and Dan Blocker all became wealthy from Bonanza. Dan Blocker even owned a chain of steakhouses named Bonanza, that later became Ponderosa. A bonanza indeed.

Patio Peaches

July 11, 2018 5:57 pm

Bonfire is the most popular patio peach with its maroon-purple leaves, small size, and sweet little peaches.

Do you want to grow your own peaches, but lack a place for a full-sized peach tree? This is not a problem, thanks to a slew of recently introduced peach tree varieties that mature at a shrubby 4- to 6-feet in height. Ideal for containers, urban gardens, and patios, these dwarf peaches bring big possibilities to the small (or large) garden. They’re available from a number of specialty growers, both in their natural shrubby form and as short-trunked, grafted mini-trees.

Growing Patio Peaches

Patio peaches – like their full-sized kin – appreciate full sun; fertile, well-drained, moderately moist soil; and shelter from bud-damaging early-spring frosts. Where they literally break new ground is in their adaptability to containers, which puts them in play in gardens that were formerly too small, too cold, or otherwise ill-suited for home-grown peaches. Give your dwarf peach a large (10- to 20-gallon) container and coarse, humus-rich potting mix, such as Fafard Natural & Organic Potting Soil, and you’re good to go.

When winter (or a spring cold snap) arrives, simply carry or wheel the container to a cool, frost-free location indoors. After favorable weather returns, move it back outdoors for an early spring display of showy pink flowers and a summer crop of sweet, juicy peaches.
Dwarf peaches also make first-rate garden plants, where winter-hardy. If you garden in sandy or clay soil, work several inches of Fafard Premium Natural & Organic Compost into the plant’s future root zone before planting. The planting hole should be as deep and several times as wide as the root ball.

Chilling Hours

Peaches, like all fruit trees from temperate regions, need to remain dormant a certain period of time in winter produce flowers and fruit, so before choosing any peach, you must determine the number of “chilling hours” it needs. Chilling hours are essentially the number of hours between 32-45 degrees Fahrenheit in a winter season (hours exceeding 60 degrees Fahrenheit are subtracted from the chilling hour total). If the chilling hour quota for a tree is not met, it will not yield.

Patio Peach Varieties

Many patio peaches bear plentiful sweet fruit.

Bonanza Peach
Noted for its productivity and vigor, ‘Bonanza’ yields bumper crops of red-blushed, yellow-fleshed, freestone peaches on dense, 6-foot shrubby plants. The early-ripening fruits are ready for harvest in late spring or early summer, about 3 months after the pale pink flowers appear. This peach typically requires 400 chilling hours.
Bonfire Peach
If your dwarf peach is the variety Bonfire (also known as ‘Tom Thumb’), you’re also undoubtedly growing it for its maroon leaves suffused with glowing coppery highlights. The smoldering tones of the bold, lance-shaped foliage make a striking complement to the fiery blooms of crocosmias, rudbeckias, and red salvias, as well as to rosy- and pink-flowered plants such as purple coneflowers and pink mallows. In addition to its arresting leafage, this 1993 introduction from the University of Arkansas produces tasty, apricot-sized peaches (but watch out for the large pits!). It’s also among the hardiest dwarf peach varieties, wintering in the ground into USDA Zone 5. (Specimens in containers are considerably less cold-hardy, requiring winter cover as outlined above.)
Empress Peach
Most other dwarf peaches are grown primarily for their fruits and flowers (although their bold green leaves are also attractive). Cultivars for colder areas of the United States include ‘Empress’, whose mid-pink flowers are followed by a midsummer crop of rosy-pink, clingstone peaches with juicy yellow flesh. Maturing at 5 feet tall and wide, this 1965 introduction is slightly hardier than Bonfire (USDA Zone 5). It requires at least 850 hours per winter of sub-45-degree temperatures to trigger flower and fruit production.
Golden Glory Peach
Introduced a year before ‘Empress’, ‘Golden Glory’ bears deep yellow, pink-tinged, yellow-fleshed peaches on 5-foot plants. The freestone fruits are preceded by clusters of rich-pink flowers. Another good candidate for cold-climate gardens, it needs 750 chilling hours and is winter-hardy into USDA Zone 6.
Flory Peach
Gardeners in mild-winter areas (Zones 7 and warmer) have numerous garden-hardy dwarf peaches to choose from. Many descend from ‘Flory’, a 5-foot-tall, heirloom variety introduced to the United States from China in 1939. One of the showiest peaches in bloom, it’s still well worth growing for its double rose-red flowers and rose-blushed, freestone peaches. The white flesh is relatively bland. Chilling requirement is 450 hours.
More Patio Peaches to Try
Among the many other dwarf peach cultivars requiring approximately 400 chilling hours are ‘Eldorado’, ‘Garden Gold’, ‘Garden Sun’, and ‘Pix Zee’. Gardeners who can offer only 250 chilling hours also have several varieties to choose from, including ‘Southern Flame’, ‘Southern Rose’, and ‘Southern Sweet’. They make good choices for areas with especially mild winters –and for containers that spend the winter in relatively mild conditions.
A couple of large pots, some good mix, and one or two patio peaches will afford even the smallest sunny garden space with fresh peaches. So, try planting a couple this season!

A Bonfire peach in full flower.

About Russell Stafford

Hortiholic and plant evangelist, Russell Stafford, transplanted his first perennial at age 7 and thereby began a lifelong plant addiction. He is the founder and custodian of Odyssey Bulbs (and Odyssey Perennials), an online nursery specializing in cool and uncommon plants. Russell also works as a horticultural consultant, freelance writer (Horticulture and The American Gardener magazines), and garden editor. He formerly served as Curator and Head of Horticulture at Fernwood Botanic Garden in Niles, Michigan and as the Horticultural Program Coordinator at the Center for Plant Conservation, then located at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. His academic degrees include a masters in forest science from Harvard University.

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