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Late Peach that Stores Well

O’Henry Peach, Prunus persica 'O' Henry, is a fruit tree that produces delicious fruit.  Plant one in a sunny location in view of a window or patio.  There are few things as delightful as watching one’s own fruit tree as it progresses toward its sumptuous harvest each summer!

Your O’Henry Peach Tree is of course best known for the fruit it provides.  Large, firm and slightly fuzzy, it will be a satisfying handful on harvest day in August.  Even the outer appearance of this peach is outstanding, a lovely contrast to the green foliage as the red globes dangle amid the branches. 

You won’t have any complaints about the flavor either.  The yellow-fleshed, semi-freestone fruit is streaked with red hues and as sweet and juicy as you could hope for.  It’s superb eaten right off the tree, still warm from the sun’s rays, but also keeps well on the kitchen counter.  It can even be easily frozen for future use.

O'Henry Peach Tree is a strong, vigorous tree.  It will grow to about fifteen feet tall with a fourteen foot spread.  It’s a heavy-bearing tree, and self-fruitful as well.  The fruit is a favorite for shipping, and often chosen for its durability.  O’Henry is a Peach Leaf Curl resistant variety, and generally disease resistant.

Overall, O’Henry Peach is an excellent choice for a peach that’s reliable and of high quality.  With its self-fruitful feature, you can plant just one…but we’re sure that once you’ve tried one, you’ll be back for more!

* Excellent fruit for storage and flavor
* Late maturity
* Stores well
* Disease resistant

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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#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.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

O'Henry Peach Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Prunus persica 'O'Henry'
Mature Height Standard: 15 - 20 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years