Random Toss

Probably Nectarine (Prunus persica)

A park visitor probably tossed the pit of a fruit into the rocks bordering the dirt path along Marina Boulevard just outside the park, a few years ago. Today this is a bush about four feet high with lovely pink blossoms in March. Bob Huttar, one of the brains behind the Flora Friday column on this website, speculates that it may be a nectarine. According to Wikipedia, the nectarine varies from the peach by a single gene that determines whether the skin is fuzzy or smooth.

Bush growing along Marina Boulevard

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