Prunus persica, The Life and Love of Trees, Chris Tomaidis

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Ontario, Canada
Species: Prunus persica
Photographer: Chris Tomaidis
A nectarine orchard in bloom in the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario, Canada, is a beautiful and increasingly rare sight. The cultivation of peaches (nectarines are a kind of peach, but are a cultivar group with a recessive gene that prevents the growth of the fuzzy skin) is increasingly less commercially viable in Canada due to global competition and the marginal weather conditions of the region. Peaches originally came from China, but are now cultivated and farmed around the world, being the second largest fruit crop after apples in the United States.

From The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell. Image © Chris Tomaidis