Bacterial spot can be bad anywhere out of the dry areas of the US. I have a few varieties it can be a real problem on, e.g. O;'Henry. This year the combination of spot and cracking (which spot makes worse) was really bad on them, I got few peaches. All Califormia-bred peaches are a risk for that reason and brown rot is a second big risk on them. But, the dice roll and sometimes the roll is good - Rio Oso Gem, Kit Donnell, Gold Dust, … - many fantastic western peaches are doing very well on the spot and rot front.
… on the topic of the August Flame, I emailed Burchell and got a very nice reply I thought was worth sharing.
Thanks for stopping by our site and ordering a peach tree.
No doubt you could get a tree for a lot less at your local garden center. What makes our site and products unique and our prices higher is that we ship you a bigger tree in a 5 gallon container ready to go. Not many sites can offer year round shipping of fruit trees, in soil, big, ready to go. Our unique packaging ensures your tree will arrive undamaged. Because of the size and weight of the tree it is considered oversized for the shipping companies. They charge more for the size and our shipping charge just covers what the shipping company charges us.
I see you bought our August Flame peach tree. That is a great peach, large and full of flavor. It is a variety we developed in our breeding program so not only will you find large trees shipped year round at our site you will find varieties not offered any where else. We have been growing and developing new peach varieties for over 70 years and we have introduced some outstanding peach varieties such as O’Henry and Elegant Lady.
I hope you will be happy with your purchase. Please let us know when your tree arrives. It is our goal to provide unique, quality varieties of fruit trees, shipped year round and ready to go.
So, the prices are high but not as off-base as I was mentioning above. I did not realize they were 5-gal container trees.