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Hale-Haven PeachPrunus persica ‘Hale-Haven’

  • Hale-Haven Peach - Prunus persica

This vigorous, hardy, productive and dependable tree is noted for its high-yielding properties and exceptional fruit quality. The peaches it produces are tough-skinned, standing up to handling and preventing bruising. One of the finest for home use or roadside markets, Hale-Haven peaches are one of the finest varieties for home use and roadside markets­—excellent for both canning and freezing.

 

This tree is available in standard and dwarf sizes. While it is self-fertile, planting more than one tree is recommending to ensure a good crop. See our Fruit Tree Spacing Guide for more specifics.

Hardiness Zones

The hale-haven peach can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is a fruit tree, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces.

Mature Size

The standard Hale-Haven peach grows to a height of 15–25' and a spread of around 8–20' at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of 8–10'.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Hale-Haven peach grows well in sandy and well-drained soils. It is not drought-tolerant.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Produces large, oval orangish-yellow freestone fruit overlaid with a deep carmine blush. Its tough skin stands up to handling and prevents bruising. The sweet, juicy, yellow freestone flesh is firm yet tender--ideal for canning and freezing.
  • Yields ripe fruit typically from mid-June to mid-July.
  • Is noted for its high yields.
  • Is self-fertile but provides a better crop when planted in multiples.
  • Begins to bear large crops at ages 3–4.
  • Blooms pink in the spring.
  • Is available in standard and dwarf sizes. Our standard Hale-Haven seedlings are budded to Nemaguard rootstock, and our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry). Dwarf trees should be staked to help them bear the weight of the fruit and prevent leaning.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 850–900. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The fruit of peach trees are attractive to birds and squirrels.

History/Lore

This tree was developed by Michigan State University's South Haven Experimental Station under the direction of Professor Stanley Johnston.