Your Harken Peach Tree (Prunus persica 'Harken') is best known for the superior quality of peach it produces mid-season. Each delightfully fuzzy, large peach has bright red, yellow-mottled skin. The flesh is yellow, very sweet and resistant to browning, so it is perfect for fresh eating!
Harken bears a regular crop of freestone peaches suitable for canning and other uses. However, its favorite use is often eating it right from the tree! For optimal storage of for canning, pick fruit before it is table ripe.
The Harken Peach Tree is admired almost as much for its beauty and fragrant blossoms as it is for its fruit. The delicate pink peach blossoms appear in late winter-early spring along the subtle grey branches, even before the leaves emerge. It's an exciting beginning to the upcoming harvest.
All in all, Harken Peach is an outstanding ornamental choice for a lovely fruit tree that also produces exceptionally delicious peaches.
Plant one in an open, sunny area insight of an often-passed window so you're sure to see your perfect peaches ripen on this beautiful fruit tree.
Spring brings a floral display of stunningly beautiful pink flowers. Fragrant and swarming with pollinators, you’ll love basking beneath their beauty.
You’ll want to find room for this tree! Prune smaller for easy harvest and to easily tuck into any sized garden! A fantastic specimen tree or anchor for your side yard gardens, and of course, any home orchard!
The long, narrow and pointed leaves have a slight ripple to them, making the summer form a gorgeous addition to the landscape! Casting shade over your garden beds and seating areas, park a lawn chair or picnic blanket beneath the spreading branches and relax in the cooling shade!
The fruit is fantastic for fresh eating, but the creamy yellow flesh also creates wonderful dessert sauces, delicious smoothies and preserves for all your favorite recipe needs!
Hardy in USDA growing zones 5-9, these are both cold and heat tolerant trees. This deciduous fruit tree needs full sun to do its best. Requiring at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
Best in rich, well-drained soil, this Peach tree is widely adaptable. Harken is self-fruitful, so you can start with just one tree if you like.
Requiring moderate, yet consistent moisture, while drought-resistant once established, it’s crucial to protect your investment by watering the root ball regularly. Water young trees very well until they are established, and after, provide supplemental watering during fruiting, during summers and in times of drought.
Prune in summer to control the size, remove suckers and water growth, but prune in winter to open the canopy to sunlight and air circulation, and to remove damaged, dead or diseased branching. Head over to our Garden Blog for more tips and tricks for caring for your Peach tree!
Want to try something that is incredibly unique and will bring loads of interest and curb appeal to your landscape? Try your hand at pruning your tree into an Espalier form!
Harken Peach is an extremely vigorous tree and will bear large crops. With highly ornamental qualities and gorgeous blooms, Harken Peach Tree is a fantastic choice for your orchard! Order at NatureHills.com soon, before they sell out!
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Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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The Harken Peach is another high-quality introduction from the world-famous Harrow Research and Development Centre in Harrow, Ontario. Since 1909, Harrow has introduced some of the most important fruit varieties for the cold climate growers and Harken is one of their best.
A relatively new selection originating as a cross between Redskin Elberta and the Sunhaven Peach, Harken was introduced in 1970 after it was sent for extensive testing by W.D Armstrong and Frank Street, of the University of Kentucky.
Showing better disease resistance compared to the popular Red Haven Peach, and with more uniform ripening, Harken was introduced to the commercial market as a hardy selection for cold climate growers.
Aside from being hardy, Harken quickly was recognized for its fine eating quality, fast to become noted for a rich, sweet flavor with a non-browning flesh. As Harken became more widely planted by commercial growers, the home gardener took note and the variety became a sought after selection for the cold climate backyard growers.
The Harken was soon being tested by home gardeners throughout the country and reports of the quality appeared from Maine to the West Coast. The range of adaptability of the Harken became apparent quickly. Many publications with Peach variety recommendations for Western Washington State, Maine, and New Jersey proclaimed it to be one of the highest-rated Peaches for taste and disease resistance. This continued into California, where the Harken was rated in a number of fruit tastings as one of the top flavored Peach varieties, only adding to its widespread appeal.
The wide range of adaptability and the fine flavor have placed Harken as one of the top choices for the home gardener in zones 5-9. Not a low chill selection, the Harken does well into zone 9, where its melting flesh, rich, sweet flavor along with its great productivity have all contributed to Harken becoming a greatly appreciated Peach selection.
|Botanical Name||Prunus persica 'Harken'|
|Mature Height||15 - 25 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Widely adaptable|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 to 5 years|
|When To Prune||Late Winter|