Prunus persica is a small tree to 10 m, stems smooth, winter buds hairy.
Leaves alternate, lance-shaped to 15 cm long, tip long-pointed, base wedge-shaped, margin finely toothed, shiny dark green above, stalks to 1.5 cm, glandular, foliage usually overlapping and drooping in a characteristic pattern on tree.
Flowers pink, solitary, to 3.5 cm wide, sepals hairy, very short-stalked.
Fruit fleshy, rounded, hairy, shallowly grooved on one side, to 7 cm diameter, stone, hard, single, slightly flattened, containing one seed.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in New York City: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Escaped from cultivation or from discarded pits in natural areas.