O'Henry Peach Tree
Great Tasting Late-Season O'Henry Peach
- Excellent Fruit for Storage and Flavor
- Late Season
- Stores Well
- Disease Resistant
Peach lovers adore the fantastic fruit of the O'Henry Peach (Prunus persica 'O' Henry'). These grow best in a sunny location, and are most enjoyable when planted within view of a patio or windows. That way, you can watch the tree as it progresses through the seasons each year.
The fruit was considered a breakthrough because unlike the most common commercial varieties of the time, the ripe O' Henry was almost entirely red, which distinguished it right away from yellow and blushed red peach varieties.
A strong, vigorous, heavy-bearing and self-fruitful tree, the O'Henry Peach is often selected for its durability. Its fruit is an excellent choice for shipping and stores well.
O'Henry Peaches are large, firm and slightly fuzzy, 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.
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.
Overall, the O'Henry Peach is a tasty, high-quality and reliable peach. 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. Why not grow your own at home?
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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.
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- 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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Improved Peach with Superior Qualities
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||Standard: 15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||Late Season|