Peach lovers adore the fantastic fruit of O'Henry Peach Trees (Prunus persica 'O' Henry'). These lovely trees grow best in a sunny location and are just as pretty as a picture.
Why not plant yours within view of a patio or window? You'll enjoy watching your tree progress through the seasons each year.
O'Henry was considered a breakthrough in the commercial marketplace. With ripe fruit that was almost entirely red, it was a standout from the yellow and blushed red common commercial peach varieties of the time. It also featured an almost fuzz-less skin, and a sweet taste when the fruit is still firm.
This crunchy, sweet flavor of the O'Henry peach was an exciting treat for both fresh eating and storage. No wonder demand for this variety soared into the wildly popular demand that continues today.
A strong, vigorous, heavy-bearing and self-fruitful tree, the O'Henry Peach is often selected for its durability. Because of Its firmness, the fruit is an excellent choice for long-term storage.
O'Henry Peaches are large, firm and only slightly fuzzy compared to other peach varieties, ready for harvest late in the season. Even the outer appearance of this peach is marvelous, an exquisite contrast to the green foliage as the ruby-red globes dangle among the branches.
Overall, the O'Henry Peach is a tasty, high-quality and reliable peach with just a hint of vanilla. By the 1980s, the O'Henry was planted throughout the West and Northwest with a high degree of success, and can be found at Farmer's Markets regularly. Grow your own at home with top-grade plants from Nature Hills.
Characterized by yellow-fleshed, semi-freestone fruit streaked with red hues, these peaches are as sweet and juicy as you could expect them to be. O'Henry Peaches are perfect for eating right off of your tree, while they're still warm from the sun's rays.
They also keep quite well on the kitchen counter. . . or if you prefer, they can be canned, dehydrated—even frozen for future use.
Plant an early ripening variety like Red Haven and a mid-season variety like White Lady Peach, to get 4 months worth of Peaches to enjoy.
Knowing when to pick the fruit can be a challenge, as the O'Henry will color early when not quite ready. In the home garden, this is not a problem because the hang time is long. The flavor just continues to get better until it falls from the tree. It never loses that unique crunch you love so much.
Don't use color to determine ripeness, rather feel the fruit for a slight "give" to the skin which indicates that it is ready to pick. Only pick what you need, as the remaining fruit just continues to get sweeter.
All peach trees can be maintained to any height with regular summer pruning. Choose a height and don't let the tree get any taller, 6 to 8 feet is ideal for most home gardens.
Plant in a full sun location, preferably one that has early morning sun exposure that has good drainage. Mound or plant in a raised bed if poor drainage is suspected. Mulch your tree with 3 to 4 inches of mulch spread out 3 feet from the outside of the canopy.
You'll love having these healthy snacks available at your fingertips. Order this popular variety for your own backyard orchard from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!
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|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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In this time of modern fruit breeding, commercial fruit eating quality is often ignored for shelf life and shipping concerns. Few can deny the superior quality of the O'Henry Peach. This is a variety that should have set the modern commercial standard, but was almost lost to obscurity in the 1970's.
Grant Merrill, a well-known private plant breeder from Red Bluff, California, worked closely with a number of California nurseries through the mid-1900's. One such nursery was the Burchell Nursery of Oakdale, California. During the 1950's and 60's, Irwin Burchell is said to have worked very closely with Merrill and in 1968, Burchell nursery became the grower and distributor of the exciting new selection, the O' Henry Peach.
The O' Henry was considered a breakthrough because unlike the popular commercial varieties of the time, such as Red Haven or Elberta, the O' Henry was almost all red, which distinguished it right away from other yellow and blushed red peach varieties.
In addition, the skin of the O' Henry lacked the fuzziness of other peach varieties. One of the most outstanding qualities of the O'Henry was its firmness, it's freestone pit, a great shelf life and shipping quality when picked at peak flavor. It would seem it had everything that the peach lover could want.
Of all the peaches that Grant Merrill had developed, he said that the O'Henry was by far his favorite.
But, sad to say, Grant Merrill would never get to see how successful his creation would become. In 1973, Merrill passed away and by the mid-1970 his O'Henry peach was in high demand.
By the 1980's, O'Henry began to be planted throughout the West, Northwest, and east to Utah with a high degree of success. In the 1980's, it was common to find the O'Henry sold by its name in the grocery store.
Though it never became as popular east of the Mississippi due to it susceptibility to Bacterial Spot, it is commonly planted and successfully grown by those who choose to spray to control the disease.
By the early 1990's, and in part due to the early coloring of the O' Henry, growers began to pick too early, thereby lowering the demand for the lesser quality fruit. Today, it is very unusual to find the O'Henry Peach sold by its name anywhere but at the occasional farmer's market.
Since coming off patent, the O'Henry Peach has become one of the top peaches planted in the home garden throughout the United States. The fruit's ability to be eaten fresh, dried, cooked in pies, or frozen for a later usage, has made it quite often one of the first trees planted in the backyard.
|Botanical Name||Prunus persica 'O'Henry'|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||15 - 20 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Fruiting Time||Late Season|