Novelty shape, vivid color and fantastic flavor!
The Scarlet Halo Peach Tree (Prunus persica 'Scarlet Halo') is noted for its splendid flavor and scarlet-colored flesh. Bred for its fine, very sweet flavor and thicker size, Scarlet Halos are a late-ripening, self-fruitful variety.
Also known as donut, doughnut or flat peaches, these are truly unique specimens, and are amazingly ornamental, dual-purpose trees! Frequently considered to be the most popular fruit in the United States, Peach Trees are always a delight to behold, and the Scarlet Halo Peach is no exception!
With strong branching, and retaining an upright form, spring bursts into action with a dazzling, display of pink-tinted blossoms. The fragrant flowers bloom before the tree’s leaves appear, to produce a lovely display of floral brilliance! Pollinators and a few early arriving hummingbirds arrive at the scene as well for the bounty of nectar!
As the season progresses, the tree's blooms transform to a plentiful harvest of succulent fruit, magnificent in their scarlet-hued beauty.
Peach trees typically produce round fruit, but not the Scarlett Halo whose fruit exhibits a more compressed appearance, for which they are named. It has a semi-clingstone pit in the sunken center shaped like a doughnut. The unique shape, combined with the bright scarlet hue of the skin and flesh, adds to the charm of this unique peach variety!
Because of this shape, you can easily eat all around the pit. In fact, you can almost snap the ripe fruit in half while prepping! This exposes the pit, which can then be easily removed.
Ripening in early August, they are as delightfully sweet and juicy as any peach you've ever tasted! You can enjoy them right off the tree, still warm from the sun's rays, or use them to make pies, preserves and a number of other culinary delights!
The long, slightly wavy foliage is verdant green and provides amazing shade and the wonderful upright mature form adds so much delightful presence to the landscape!
Eat them fresh or dehydrated (dried). Use them in fabulous preserves, and don't forget the grill! Pop out the pit, slice them in half and place them on the grill for a short time. The heat really brings out the outstanding flavors of this special fruit!
Also fantastic in baked goods, pies and pastries as well as the famous Peach cobbler. For an easy snack on the go, these healthy gems will become your favorite lunch box addition! Slice up on your morning oatmeal or whiz up into a smoothie for a morning treat!
A fantastic specimen plant and focal point, these can be trained to work in any sized property or tucked into any home orchard, big or small! Shade garden beds and patios, or use to anchor buildings and large plantings. Or just set one out in the backyard as a lovely accent tree, retaining its ornamental appeal throughout the entire year!
The striking bloom display creates a lovely show each spring, so be sure to situate this tree where everyone can see it! Have a picnic beneath the fragrant blooms and watch the bees go about their business on a warm spring day.
Plant this tree near a window where you can enjoy a daily view of your scrumptious fruit as it ripens on the branches. Park a lawn chair or blanket beneath the limbs and enjoy a summer day in the shade.
Once the handsome foliage emerges, your tree will provide lush shade over your seating areas and patio, a well as your garden beds. A reading chair or picnic table beneath these limbs make it easy to pluck a few healthy gems for a treat!
Pruned smaller, these trees fit into any garden orchard or home landscape for privacy, juicy fruit and their ornamental appeal. Plant them in a hedgerow for screening; measure 5 to 7 feet apart on center (from the center of one to the center of the next) and enjoy a harvest of flat fruit for the entire summer while screening out an unwanted view.
Scarlet Halo is self-fruitful but will produce a larger yield with a pollinating partner close by. Plant with another Scarlet Halo, or other donut-style peach variety. No room? Try this high-density planting trick!
Hardy in USDA growing zones 6 through 9, Scarlet Halo prefers a place in full sun where it will get the drying power of the morning sun. Requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for the best health and juiciest fruit.
Good air circulation is important as well. Prune to keep the center of the tree open to both air and sunlight. It is easy to maintain this tree much smaller if needed for a small home orchard, small yard, or to harvest easily. Maintaining a smaller tree also allows you to cover in bird netting so your local feathered friends won’t carry away all of your harvest.
In late winter, prune to keep an open canopy for sunlight and airflow to reach the interior of the tree. Read more pruning tips and tricks, as well as Peach Tree Care in our Garden Blog!
While not particular on soil type, any well-drained soil is best. You can amend your soil when planting with lots of organic matter and composted manure to enrich your soil. Fruit trees require good drainage to thrive.
If you see puddles long after a rain, you might assume that you have poorly drained soil. Improve drainage by creating a mound or raised bed 12 to 18 inches above the soil line out at least 3 feet wide. Plant directly into that mound.
For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.
Doing best when their root systems are kept cool, mulch the tree to 3 to 4 inches deep, and out to 3 feet from the canopy of the tree. Mulch will also help retain moisture and keep a more consistent moisture level throughout the growing seasons. That means less watering for you!
In the 1990s, Rutgers University in conjunction with the Stark Brothers Nursery introduced the Stark Saturn Peach, and the demand for the flat style peaches began to expand. Nowadays, flat peaches have become popular for both commercial operations and home gardens.
The Scarlet Halo was introduced by the Burchell Nursery's hybridist John Slaughter in 2010. This fruit represents a significant improvement over the prior varieties of flat peaches. In the 21st century, many new selections have been introduced but the Scarlet Halo differs substantially from the white or yellow-fleshed flat peach.
Scarlet Halo Peach Tree is certainly a unique and wonderful tree for almost any yard, and it is a definite must-have for any peach-loving gardener! Order your own at NatureHills.com 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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For thousands of years, the flat peach has been revered in the Chinese culture. Back as far as the Han Dynasty (203 BCE) the flat white peach was known as the Pan Tao peach, which means 'coiled peach'. These were also referred to as the Peach of Immortality.
It was said that the fruit ripened every 3000 years at which time an event called the Baxian - or 'Eight immortals' - would occur. Pan Tao peaches were sent from the Zhejiang province to the Imperial Palace in Beijing each year in celebration of this desired event, until the early 1900's.
The Scarlet Halo is the latest in this unique category of fruit. Known by number of different descriptive names, including: doughnut peach, Donut peach®, Saucer peach, UFO peach, hat peach and bagel peach; these flat peaches are frequently found in open pollinated seedlings, in the wild, and as result of select hybrid crosses. Most of these seedlings were discarded as demand in the United States never achieved the same popularity as the round white and yellow peach selections.
In 1862, the "Peento Peach", a misspelling of the original Chinese name, arrived in the United States from China. During this time many new varieties of peaches were being introduced from every part of the United States, along with many varieties arriving into the United States for testing. The Peento Peach would sit in collections, sparking little interest for another 120 years.
In the 1990's, Rutgers University and Stark Brothers Nursery introduced the Stark Saturn Peach. The demand for the flat style peach began to grow. A prominent produce marketing company, Frieda's Specialty Produce, trademarked the name Donut Peach® in the late 1990's and became the exclusive representative of the flat peach for well over a decade.
Today, the flat peach has become a popular commercial and home garden variety. The Scarlet Halo was introduced by the Burchell Nursery's hybridist John Slaughter in 2010. It's a tremendous improvement over the original flat peaches. In the last 20 years, many new selections have been introduced but the Scarlet Halo is not just another white or yellow fleshed Flat Peach.
Selected for its fine flavor along with its thicker size, Scarlet Halo also features unique deep dark red flesh. A late ripening, self-fruitful selection, the Scarlet Halo with its unique red flesh is the next generation of this centuries old fruit type. Enjoy!
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Prunus persica 'Scarlet Halo'|
|Mature Height||16 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||16 - 20 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Fruiting Time||3-5 Years|
|When To Prune||Late Winter|