Peaches

You’ve never really tasted a peach unless you went out in your yard and picked it from your own tree, or bought it at my farm market ; )

I personally grow (or have grown) all of these varieties in my orchard. They are all freestone (or mostly so) and have all been reliably hardy in my region of Michigan.  If you live in northern Michigan, and not near a great lake, you may be in an area too cold for peaches to live. Peach trees are considered a USDA zone 5 tree for hardiness, so check your location.  Some varieties are hardier than others, and are described as so.

Peaches are the quickest fruit tree to produce fruit, often bearing the year after you plant them. They are very site specific, and will only thrive in well drained soil, even if it’s on a sand hill where nothing else will grow!!!   If water lays on the ground more than a day or two after a good rain, plant your peaches somewhere else.

Peach trees should be planted 10 feet apart, and kept to 8-10ft tall and no more than 10ft wide by pruning each spring.

All of the peach varieties offered are self fertile so only one tree is needed to produce fruit.

With all the different varieties of peaches we offer, you can pick fresh fruit from early July to mid September.

 

ALL PEACH TREES ARE PRICED AT $26.50 ea.

 

Belle of Georgia – is a heirloom white variety that is still popular today. The freestone fruits are large in size with creamy white flesh and a pretty red blush. Tender flesh has an outstanding flavor that only a white peach can have. Tree and flower bud hardiness are also very good. Belle of Georgia ripens late in August, and if you are a white peach fan, this one is a must have. 

Ripens late August

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Canadian Harmony – this is one of the largest peaches you can grow. These are often seen at roadside and farmers markets sold as Amish peaches. Fruit has a red blush over a greenish-yellow background, and flesh is sweet and juicy, and of excellent quality for all purposes. Great for canning as they are very freestone. Trees are very strong growing, and have good winter hardiness.     SOLD OUT

Ripens later in August

 

Contender – one of the most cold hardy peaches. Beautiful fruit is large in size, and half red over bright yellow. Contender is recommended for cold areas where peaches won’t normally grow, and also excellent for milder regions. Great fresh eating, canning and freezing peach that’s always freestone and a very reliable cropper.  This is a very heavy producing variety that ripens over a long period. Contender sets huge amounts of flowers so fruit should be thinned early and heavily to achieve large size.    One of the best peaches I grow, and probably the most cold hardy.     SOLD OUT

       Ripens mid-late August


Coralstar –  is a great Michigan developed peach that achieves very large size and ripens over a long harvest period in mid – late August.  The bright red over yellow fruit typically sizes to 3″ or better with excellent flavored, firm, freestone flesh that can be used for all purposes.  Trees are strong growing and extremely productive.   A great variety!!!     SOLD OUT

           Ripens mid August

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Cresthaven – is another variety developed in Michigan that was once widely planted as a replacement for Elberta.  Cresthaven was bigger, firmer, had better color, and was an all around better peach ripening in the same season.  This variety is excellent for all purposes, especially canning. Large fruit is mostly yellow with a good amount of red blush, and freestone flesh has pretty red veining around the pit. SOLD OUT

Ripens early-mid September

 

Desiree – this is an early maturing mostly red peach of medium size with great flavored, mostly freestone yellow flesh. It’s the earliest ripening variety offered this year and is great to start the season with. Desiree is excellent for fresh eating, pies, and jam making, but is not for canning or freezing. Quality and flavor is superior to anything you can buy in the stores at this time of year.   SOLD OUT

           Ripens early-mid July

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Flamin Fury 9 – is a beautiful peach originating in Michigan. Fruit is large, highly red colored, very firm and completely freestone. It ripens around the same time as Redhaven , and harvests over an extended period. Great for all uses. Trees are quite hardy and very productive. One of my favorite peaches, and I grow a lot of this variety.       SOLD OUT

Ripens in early August

 

Glohaven – is an old, Michigan developed variety that has everything you could ask for in a peach. Fruit is very large, half red over bright yellow, nearly fuzzless, firm, freestone, and excellent flavored. Cold hardiness is as good if not better than most other varieties. Glohaven is a dependable, heavy producing variety and one of my favorite peaches. Excellent for all purposes, and one of the best canning peaches.  Every year when I’m picking this variety, I ask myself why I haven’t planted more of them.  SOLD OUT

Ripens mid August

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Glowingstar –  is another Michigan developed variety that produces very large, very firm and very beautiful fruit of excellent flavor and quality. The completely freestone fruits ripen later in August and  are great for all purposes. Trees are extremely productive and should be thinned heavily, as Glowingstar sets lots of flowers. Cold hardiness is as good as most other peach varieties .    SOLD OUT

Ripens later in August

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John Boy – is a widely planted variety that produces large, beautiful, firm, and delicious freestone fruit in August. They can be used for all purposes, and produce huge crops of uniform fruit. This has been a major commerically grown variety in the midwest for decades. Not the most cold hardy peach, so plant in the southern half of the lower peninsula, or near a great lake.    SOLD OUT

Ripens early – mid August .

 

Redhaven – this is probably the best known variety of all peaches. It is half red in color, firm fleshed, and mostly freestone when ripe. It is excellent for fresh eating, canning, freezing, and any other purpose you can use peaches for. It is very cold hardy and heavy producing, and must be thinned heavily to produce large fruit. Even after more than 70 years,   Redhaven is still one of the most planted and sought after peaches in Michigan.   SOLD OUT                                                                                                                     

                   Ripens in early August

 

Reliance – is a medium size greenish – yellow variety with a dull red blush over half the fruit. I always tell people this is the ugliest peach I grow, but its outstanding flavor makes up for its appearance.  Fruit is freestone and can be used for all purposes, Reliance is best known as one of the most cold hardy peaches available, so if you’re in a marginal peach growing area, this one is a good choice.      Trees are early bearing and very productive.    SOLD OUT

         Ripens late July


Saturn – is one of the flat or donut peaches. It is white fleshed with a beautiful red blush and tiny pit. Saturns have a unique, mild flavor that you won’t be able to stop eating !    Saturns are very difficult to find in grocery stores or farmers markets, and bring premium prices.   Quite cold hardy too.    SOLD OUT      

                  Ripens in early August

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Starfire – this is an excellent variety that offers it all. Large, mostly red, firm fruit of excellent flavor and quality ripens just after Redhaven and produces very high tonnage per acre. Fruit is very freestone and great for canning, freezing, and fresh eating. Starfire was developed in Michigan so it is quite cold hardy and is a favorite of orchards around the state. A great peach that I highly recommend !!!  SOLD OUT

Ripens early – mid August

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White Lady – a beautiful mostly red skined, white fleshed variety with firm, very sweet, low acid flesh. Although a California developed variety, White Lady has been grown in the eastern states for a long time with great results. Trees have cold hardiness as good as most other peaches. If you’ve never eaten a white peach, you’re really missing out!!!    SOLD OUT

Ripens in early – mid August

 

 

 

 

Last Modified on April 23, 2022
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