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 $24.50 ea.

 

Blushingstar – this is another of the Stellar series of peaches that were developed here in Michigan. The white fleshed fruit is half bright red over a cream colored back ground, very firm, and deliciously flavored as only a white peach can be. Trees have above average cold hardiness and strong growing. A great white peach!

Ripens later in 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, especially canning as they are very freestone. Trees are very strong growing, and have good winter hardiness.

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.    

       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!!!

           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.

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.

           Ripens early-mid July

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Early Red Free – is an excellent early ripening white peach. Fruit is large with a bright red blush, and the highly flavored flesh is semi freestone. Trees also have good cold hardiness, and begin bearing quickly.  This is one of the earliest ripening peaches we offer, and if you like white peaches, this is a nice one!    

  Ripens mid-late July

 

Encore – is a great late peach that produces freestone, very firm and large fruit of excellent quality. They has been grown commercially for many years because of their great attributes. Fruit is beautiful yellow with half red blush, is excellent for all uses, and rarely gets spot on it. Encore is also very cold hardy.   One of the best late varieties.

                                                                                                   Ripens early-mid September

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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.      

Ripens in early August


Flamin Fury 24 C – this is reported to be the hardiest peach available according to its breeder, but it’s a newer variety, so time will tell. All of the Flamin Fury peaches originated in Michigan, and according to the guy who developed this one, it has never failed to produce a crop. It’s a mostly red over yellow, large, and very firm peach with excellent flavor, and great for canning, freezing, and all other uses. If you live in the northern part of the state and want to grow peaches, this one is a good choice.

           Ripens in late 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.  If I could only plant one peach, this would be it !  


Ripens mid August

 

 Madison – this is one of the most cold hardy peaches available. It blooms later in the spring than most varieties, so it escapes late frosts. The fruit is medium in size, a beautiful red over mostly yellow, and of excellent flavor.  It’s a great canning and freezing peach.  Great for all other uses also. A good choice for northern Michigan.

    Ripens in late August – early September

 

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.                                                                                                                        

                   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.

         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.          

                  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 !!!

Ripens early – mid August

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Summer Serenade – a great variety ripening a week before Redhaven in late July. Fruit sizes well for an early peach, and is half bright red over a yellow background. Mostly freestone flesh is firm and juicy with very good flavor. Trees and buds have good cold hardiness. This one is hard to beat for an early variety.   

Ripens later in July

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Sweet Cap – this is another flat, white variety that ripens about three weeks after Saturn. Peaches are very large at 3″- 3 1/2″ across, and have a wonderful mild flavor and very juicy flesh under a mostly red skin. If you love the donut or UFO peaches, this is a great one, and the last one to ripen each year. Cold hardiness is as good as Saturn in my orchard.


Ripens late in August

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Sweetstar – is another Michigan developed peach that produces very large, very firm, and very sweet, completely freestone fruit. This variety has a higher brix (sugar) content than any other peach variety we offer. This newer peach will be widely planted in the future for all these great qualities.

Ripens later in August

 

Veteran – is an heirloom variety that is know for its ability to set fruit in marginal peach growing areas. Completely freestone peaches are medium – large in size, and of excellent quality. A great fresh eating, canning and freezing peach.  Veteran is mostly yellow with a little red blush. Very cold hardy also so a good choice for northern parts of the state. This is a very dependable producer.    

  Ripens 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!!!  If you’re familiar with white peaches, this one is a must have.

Ripens in early August

 

 

 

 

Last Modified on September 9, 2021
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