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PRUNUS persica 'Harvester'
Harvester Peach, Peach, Yellow Freestone Peach
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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.
9 - 1
5 - 9
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
20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m
Hybrid Origin, China
Spring, Summer, Fall
Container, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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