Harken Peach Tree
Award Winner as The Best-Flavored Peach
Harken Peach is a deciduous, fruit-bearing tree. Plant one in an open, sunny area in sight of an often-passed window so you're sure to see your perfect peaches ripen on this beautiful fruit tree.
Your Harken Peach Tree is best known for the superior quality of peach it produces mid-season. Each delightfully fuzzy, large peach has a bright red, yellow-mottled skin.
The flesh is yellow, very sweet and resistant to browning. 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, 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 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.
Harken Peach is an extremely vigorous tree and will bear large crops. You can help it along with some pruning, which will encourage new growth and help it to maintain the size you prefer. Harken is self-fruitful, so you can start with just one tree if you like.
All in all, Harken Peach is an outstanding choice for a lovely fruit tree that also produces exceptionally delicious peaches.
- Outstanding harvest
- Spring display
- Cold hardy
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
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.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|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||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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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Flavorful Harken Peach is Cold-Hardy
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.
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Prunus persica 'Harken'|
|Mature Height||Standard: 15 - 25 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 to 5 years|