This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Well may this fine fruit be termed the "Honey," as it is, undoubtedly, the sweetest of all peaches.
Its shape is very peculiar, being a long oval, with a sharp, recurved point at the extremity. The stone is of the same shape, having also a long, sharp curved point. The fruit measures about three inches in length, by about two inches in diameter. The color of the skin is a light green ground, mottled, waved and striped with deep crimson, gradually fading into pale red.
The flesh is very fine, tender, juicy, with some red veins, mostly around the stone; not very high flavored,but of a peculiar, most delicious, honeyed sweetness. It is a perfect freestone.
The tree is a very vigorous grower, very productive, and perfectly hardy, many young trees two years from the bud, in the nursery rows, having yielded from two to four peaches this season.
The leaves are small, resembling a very ordinary wild seedling, with small globose glands, some times hardly perceptible.
The season of ripening at the South is from the middle of June to the 1st or 10th of July. It is a seedling from Peach stones brought from China some years ago, and planted by Chas. Downing,'Esq., who sent grafts to Henry Lyons, Esq., Columbia, S. C. The graft put in by Mr. Lyons was the only one which survived, Mr. Downing's seedlings having all failed. The original tree is still in Mr. Lyon's garden, and in good condition, and will, we learn, be propagated by Messrs. P. J. Berckmans & Co., of Augusta, Georgia. Mr. Lyon takes great interest in horticultural pursuits. He is in possession of the original Herbe-mont grape vine, still growing in his own fine garden, planted by Mr. Herbe-roont, years ago, and yielding a most delicious fruit, small, but perhaps superior to any native Southern grape.
A nice little fruit that should be in every amateur's garden, and especially in orchard houses. I believe it was originally grown by Charles Downing from a seed received from China.