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PRUNUS persica 'Harvester'

Image of Prunus persica 'Harvester'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS persica 'Harvester'

Plant Common Name

Harvester Peach, Peach, Yellow Freestone Peach

Special Notice

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General Description

This is an exceptional heavy yielding peach from the southeastern states that is considered widely adaptable and often sold at roadside fruit stands throughout the South. It is an older variety long in production that is considered exceptional for Mississippi, Louisiana and East Texas where the winters are slightly milder. It descends from a wild peach of China that was cultivated and selected since ancient times. Harvester bears early in the season producing average sized yellow fruit that is ideal for canning as well as fresh eating. The tree is a medium sized upright grower bearing curved, lance shaped bright green leaves that turn yellow in the fall.

The flesh of Harvester is firm, yellow and freestone. In spring the trees burst into a haze of pink, fragrant five petal flowers. This self-fertile peach ripens a crop of fruit by mid to late summer. Trees need full sun and fertile well-drained soil and clear, hot weather to ripen. Peaches should be pruned annually while dormant to encourage larger fruit production. After fruit set, thin out immature peaches to allow the remainders to reach a larger size.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Width

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Peach

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Container, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes