Hale Haven Peach

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One of the best canning peaches! This large fruit is excellent for fresh-eating and canning a breeze, so you can enjoy homegrown peaches all year round. Fruit has an attractive yellow skin blushed with a red cheek and firm, juicy flesh complete with a rich sweet taste. Tree is reliably productive. Originates from South Haven, Michigan in 1924, introduced in 1932. Freestone. Ripens in early September. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink
Chill Hours 800
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow peach trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
late bloomer, free stone
Don W on Feb 12, 2021
South Haven peach
Kirk E on Jan 8, 2021
late bloomer, free stone
Don W on Feb 12, 2021
heritage variety
nancy n on Feb 10, 2021
South Haven peach
Kirk E on Jan 8, 2021
Love these peaches. Firm and lots of flavor..
Jan J T on Jan 3, 2021
Self pollination and very tasty.
Lisa A on Nov 11, 2020
I was advised that any of the peaches with the word ???HALE??? in the name will do best in my area of the country.
Rhonda H on Jul 8, 2020
David E on Jun 21, 2020
My experience has been good with The Hale haven. I am wanting to have more for canning.
DOUGLAS R on Feb 9, 2020
scott O on Jan 25, 2020
I have two of these trees and they produce the very best peach I have ever eaten. They are also the best for canning.
Daniel M on Nov 3, 2019
Sale Item. Reliable name and producer
matt n on May 30, 2019
Created in Michigan, Hoping it survives the cold Idaho winters
HOLLY J on May 27, 2019
sounds easy to grow and tasty
phyllis r on May 27, 2019
i wanted a second peach , freestone, that would produce at a little different date. I appreciate the price on an old favorite.
CoraVee C on May 23, 2019
I liked the info you provided
Dorothy W on May 21, 2019
Recommended variety for Oklahoma by Agriculture Department
DANNY L on May 13, 2019
I am a home canner. Good canning peaches
chris H on May 12, 2019
september harvest
Steve J on May 9, 2019
It???s a good selection for fresh eating and canning. So sweet. It???s an oldie but a goody
Lisa on May 7, 2019
Starting orchard in back field
Barbara G on May 6, 2019
No pollinator needed
Debra T on May 6, 2019
Self pollinating
Robert M on May 4, 2019
trying to establish a new homestead
Lynda G on May 2, 2019
Good flavor and is freestone
Susan T on May 1, 2019
Have one already with great success.
Cynthia B on Apr 30, 2019
On sale good price
Disco stu on Apr 17, 2019
Our family had one years ago. The peaches were very good.
S S on Apr 17, 2019
Great peach and easy to grow!
Gordon R on Mar 24, 2019
The very best peach in the world.
Daniel M on Mar 19, 2017
my favorite eating and pie peach.
GARY B on Feb 21, 2017
this is one of the truly great peaches. Mother planted first hale haven 28 years ago and its still going. though fairly aged
Peggy S on Feb 14, 2017
Good taste and ripen in September.
Thomas A R on Jan 5, 2017
It's a harder variety to find, an excellent fruit for canning, and self pollinating. Here are some photo's of the tree after two years. Great purchase! Check out midamerica compost's blog for pics.
PAUL V on May 20, 2016
Ripens in early Sept. Developed in MI.
Theresa C on May 4, 2016
have purchased as produce locally--excellent tasting freestone peach
john t on Apr 6, 2016
fruit quality and disease hardiness
TERESA V on Mar 19, 2016
I have another Hale Haven tree and it is the best peach producer and sweeter and larger than most. Very hearty for my area!
Ruby H on Mar 15, 2016
I happen to think this is 'the perfect peach' - ate it as a child. Being now 'firmly' back in Zone 5...
Dorothea P on Mar 2, 2016
heritage variety
nancy n on Feb 10, 2021
Love these peaches. Firm and lots of flavor..
Jan J T on Jan 3, 2021
What other variety of peach would be a good pollinator for the Hale haven peach?
Emma F on Mar 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Any mid-season bloomer will do a fine job. We like Flamin' Fury PF 9A-007, Flamin' Fury PF Lucky 13, or Reliance.
Would these self pollinating peach trees help with Bartlett pear trees?
Kathy L on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, no. Pears and peaches are different species and will not pollinate one another. It would make the bees, happy, however. :-)
are these dwarf trees?
james p on May 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This may not help but I purchased a Standard size tree which when mature should be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide. I have not seen a dwarf available.
how do I care for the tree in the winter?
Carlin B on Jun 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. There is nothing you need to do, the tree will naturally fall dormant in the Fall months and sleep through the winter getting its required chills hours. It then awakens in Spring putting on new growth.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How tall are the plants you ship?
Tommy R on Jun 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon the size of the tree and whether it's bare-root or potted. The height will range anywhere from 1.5 to 5' tall. The tree will be two years old.
do nectratine and plum trees cross pollinate with hale haven peach trees?
Joyce B on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, they do not because they are different sub-species. Only another variety of peach can pollinate a Hale Haven peach.

Customer Reviews

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I've been familiar with this peach for quite a few years. It was just a few years back that I had the honor of planting my own. This past summer, {2016} I picked my first crop. They were, as I remembered. Large, full of juice, and like the July Elberta, as peach tasting as a peach could want. If you don't have a couple of these, you need to indulge.
November 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
Strong tree
I shipped it all the way to Jordan (middle East) and the tree buds grew like magic.. it is bearing fruit in its first year.. highly recommended
May 13, 2016
over 5 years ago
Don't know what they feed these peach trees...
I purchased along with this tree another Peach 3 Apple, to pair, and two cherry trees. Out of all of those trees, the two Peach have done phenomenally well! They are huge! With blossoms all over them this spring I am pleased to recommend this tree from Stark Brothers.
May 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Hale Haven
Not doing well at all. Very late sprouting out and only got 3 leaves. Still only has 3 leaves (not branches........LEAVES) on the whole tree. Doubt it will survive another winter. Not impressed at all.
August 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great, tough little tree
The Hale Haven Peach I planted last year has grown beautifully and should be
ready for shape training this season. I was astonished at the wonderful growth rate and caliper it put on, when another peach died after 1 season in that spot.
It did have some canker, which I treated and all looks fine now. We've had some pretty wild weather up here in southern Maine and this tree breezed right through it. My other Starks fruit trees are doing well, with some fruiting already. They have gained enough caliper that I didn't need to stake them for this winter!
March 15, 2017
over 6 years ago
So far it is dooing well.
The tree has very good growth in the second year in Zone 5 A. I am still waiting for blooms and fruit.
June 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Tree is blooming well in the first year! Great job Stark!!
May 14, 2017
over 5 years ago
Poor flavor
I have grown this tree (I have 2 of this variety) for 10 years now, and the crops are huge. That's great, but the flavor is rather poor. They're juicy, but not sweet. When fully ripe, they taste as if they're under-ripe. I do not recommend planting this variety, and am considering cutting them down. I have little problem with peach leaf curl, but they are susceptible to brown rot and very much so to peach scab. I find I am spraying them constantly for disappointing fruit taste. My Elberta crops just as well, and tastes fabulous. Only issue with that is that it is has EVEN MORE of a brown rot and leaf curl problem, but no scab. Growing peaches can be a chore, so good fruit quality is essential, and Hale Haven doesn't have it.
September 4, 2019
Response from Stark Bro's
We appreciate your feedback. Following a spray routine with dormant oil in the winter and a fungicide in early spring can definitely help prevent diseases. The Hale Haven is a late ripening variety and might be lacking flavor if picked too soon. Next year, try leaving them on the tree a little longer to see if that helps improve the flavor. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
September 8, 2019
Tabitha R
Great peach
Tree iscover d with blossoms this spring, great growth and peaches are delicious!
May 3, 2018
over 5 years ago
The tree is growing, but was a lot smaller than i thought it would be when i got it.
May 2, 2019
over 3 years ago