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Hale-Haven PeachPrunus persica

  • Hale-Haven Peach - Prunus persica
Hale Haven J. H. Hale X South Haven. A most desirable yellow freestone. Noted for its high-yielding qualities. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours of sunlight daily and regular water. They are not drought tolerant. (self-fertile) (zones 5-8)

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

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 six 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.


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.


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