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Redhaven Peach

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Easy to Grow! A Stark Pick

A blue-ribbon, all-purpose peach. Luscious, top-quality fruit is great as a fresh snack or for canning and freezing. Enjoy bushels of large peaches with almost fuzzless skin over firm, creamy textured yellow flesh. Tree is heavy-bearing and easy to grow and maintain. Blooms late to avoid spring frosts. Branches have a spreading nature. Disease-resistant to leaf spot. Freestone. Originates from South Haven, Michigan in 1930, introduced in 1940. Ripens in late July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


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
I have grown it before in other locations
MARIA G on Nov 4, 2019
Great producer, great taste, and a freestone
DIANE L on Oct 27, 2019
I have grown it before in other locations
MARIA G on Nov 4, 2019
Firm flesh, freestone.
Jane H on Oct 29, 2019
Great producer, great taste, and a freestone
DIANE L on Oct 27, 2019
Self pollinating.
Margaret C on Oct 27, 2019
I live in Prescott, AZ and my land is in Seligman area of AZ. Need to start my fruit tree availability before I get out to my land. It needs to be self pollinating, small so I can take care of it without help, small due to the trees will be inside in a controlled environment.
Esther M. H on Oct 26, 2019
I love the flavor of this peach and it???s great for canning.
Sylvia B on Oct 25, 2019
Self pollinating
Angela B on Oct 1, 2019
This product is certified organic.
MJ B on Aug 4, 2019
Number of reviews
Judy S on Jul 28, 2019
I love freestone peaches but don???t have too much room so I chose the dwarf variety
Esther O on Jul 22, 2019
In stock, good reviews and compatible with my growing zone.
Warren A on Jun 21, 2019
It's self-pollinating, it grows in my zone, and the fruit looks delicious.
Timothy M on May 30, 2019
Was recommended by a friend
Helen S on May 30, 2019
We have a very old peach tree on our property that my father said most likely is a red haven. It has reliably produced the most delicious fruit so we wanted to plant another.
Deborah A on May 19, 2019
We chose this peach because it is one of the Rutgers recommended peach varieties for home growers in New Jersey.
spazzling21 on May 18, 2019
michael m on May 2, 2019
Redhaven was highly recommended by a friend so I need to try one.
Paul T on Apr 30, 2019
I have grown this kind of tree and the peaches were delicious.
Brenda S on Apr 30, 2019
Have one already with great success.
Cynthia B on Apr 30, 2019
Price and quality. We have patronized Stark Brothers since 1950.
Howard M on Apr 27, 2019
Says it's easy to grow and is correct for my zone
David N on Apr 25, 2019
Self pollinator - sale price
KEN K on Apr 21, 2019
Ganzorig U on Apr 8, 2019
The bloom time is later, so a late spring freeze which we get in WV should not hurt it. also it is a freestone and a great price.
Loralee O on Mar 25, 2019
Recommended variety for this area by OSU Ag. dept.
DANNY L on Mar 24, 2019
I can smell the peach cobbler now, yum!
Gordon R on Mar 24, 2019
Really like redhaven.
Niki M on Mar 22, 2019
They are easy to grow.
mary s on Mar 18, 2019
says it is easy to grow
CAROL G on Mar 13, 2019
It is self pollinating
Tracey P on Mar 13, 2019
Because its disease resistant and I need peach trees, good price too
Barry M on Mar 12, 2019
Very reliable peach cultivar.
Michael C on Mar 9, 2019
Have had Redhaven peach trees in the past. They were reliable bearers in years with less than ideal conditions. Are a good peach for canning; freestone, and keep their color well!
DOUG VALERIE K on Mar 8, 2019
Familiar with this peach from a local orchard when I lived in Ohio.
Alan H on Feb 23, 2019
I wanted another peach tree and I like to eat them fresh as well as canned. This peach looks like it would fit my requirements...sweet, good sized, and I can use fresh or canned.
Dianna W on Feb 19, 2019
i live in michigan redhaven is developed in michigan breeding program for at least 70 years.
fish farmer on Feb 18, 2019
Great value
Angela P on Feb 10, 2019
The worlds best flavored and textured peach! My option. These are a must have. Eat right off the tree or can a preserve for another day. They also make excellent Peach COBBLER!
Travis L on Feb 8, 2019
Like Peaches, but we get late frosts. Most peaches produce only once every 4 or 5 years. My hope is that the late bloomers produce more often.
Gregory B on Feb 4, 2019
It is disease resistant and had a wonderful description and was compatible with my zone.
Julie J on Feb 2, 2019
love peaches plus it will be used as shade for my porch
ERIC O on Jan 16, 2019
University of Tennessee study showed which variety was disease resistant and productive in my area..peaches are my favorite"
Katrina A on Jan 9, 2019
My husband loves peaches
Shelly I on Nov 8, 2018
Very easy to take care of.
James M on Nov 6, 2018
Have had one and liked it.
Margaret M on Nov 3, 2018
I have had redhaven before and they produce lots of good tasting fruit.
DWIGHT I on Nov 2, 2018
My brother has two of these trees growing in KY and they are great.
Garnie J on Oct 27, 2018
Like the taste
Michael C on Oct 27, 2018
The later bloom time should help the tree bear more fruit than the two peach trees I already have.
GEORGIA S on Oct 27, 2018
Love to eat right off the tree
Chris R on Oct 22, 2018
Firm flesh, freestone.
Jane H on Oct 29, 2019
Self pollinating.
Margaret C on Oct 27, 2019
When it blooms how long do u wait to spray for bugs?
J S on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the blossoms are open I wouldn't spray. Even after pollination I'd spray either early morning or late evening to avoid hitting any bees. I believe neem oil is toxic to bees only if its sprayed directly on them. Good luck.
My peach tree is starting it's 2nd year here and has blooms. Should I pick the blooms off?
Mary M on Apr 2, 2016
It would be fine to let some buds grow, but if you were to pinch them off, the plant's energy would go into roots and growth for next season. Short term sacrifice for long term gain.
Good luck Adam
Will this fruit within the first year?
Linda F on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Good morning Linda,
I also have other peach tress that are 3 and 4 years old. Peach trees do not
fruit the 1st year. It generally takes 3-4 years depending on weather and how well
you take care of it. My older trees were going to fruit last year but a late freeze
killed all my beautiful flowers. That's nature! Hopefully this year!!, Hope I helped you
Sincerely, Dan
How long or often should I spray dormant spray on young peach trees?
Gene B on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I usually spray by peach trees every two weeks during the season. Starting at the end of May until two weeks prior to harvest By Redhaven trees were loaded last season.
I am wondering if anyone has had any experience growing Red Haven peachs along the Gulf Coast in Zone 8B in Mobile AL? If not, any successful experience with other varIties?
Jan W on Jan 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have grown the peaches for the past years in atlanta, ga. No problem.
Are the trees 'whips' or decent spread of branches?
James B on Jun 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Don't know what whips are but mine is nice and full of branches for its size.
No peaches 1st summer but this year this little 35 inch tree has 15
peaches about 2 inches each so far. Expecting more when it is fully grown.
Hope this helps James... thanks - Anthony
When should I expect my new peach tree to leaf-out after planting in the spring (zone 6)?
Hannah B on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted our peach tree in August in zone 6 and it wintered over well and started getting leaves in March of following year.. if you planted in spring I would think you would have leaves within a couple months of planting. Give plenty of water once chance of freeze has past.
Can this be grown in a pot in 6a zone?
Ed S on Aug 15, 2016
It can be grown in a pot for the first two years outdoors until you can find a good planting spot for it. Peach trees need to be left outdoors year round because they need so many chill hours to produce a crop. When planted outside it will need to be planted in a sunny & well drained place for it to produce a bountiful crop. If it produces a crop at all in a pot it will be extremely top heavy and cause itto fall over easily. If planted in a pot it will become root-bound very quickly. If you have a place to plant it outdoors I would do that as soon as you receive the tree(s) and forget the pot. It would be like any other tree if you planted it in a pot. Hope this helps and good luck. John in Illinois
My third year Red haven had a lot of fruit. I thinned about two-thirds off trying to maintain size but remaining fruit is still small a bit larger than a golf ball. Why might this have happened? No previous crop and good fertility.
John M on Jul 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: John M. your fruit will be small in size the first harvest or two. My Redhaven produced the first time this year and mine was smaller also. Just be sure to give it some nitrogen next February or March. I use 12-12-12 on all my fruit trees. When I first plant my trees I give them some root stimulator about 3 times between March 1st and the 1st of July. Your fruit will gradually increase in size as the tree ages. A peach tree is good for apprx 15 years. I plant new trees every 5 years.
Can I plant a semi-dwarf Red-haven peach tree in a container?
Godess on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is fine. I grow standard, semi, and dwarf in 15 gallon pots. Be warned, that the the top 1/3 of the soil in the pot needs to be refreshed every two to three years. Use only high quality potting soil. I don't take the tree inside during the winter. it stays on the patio in the corner, so its sheltered from the cold dry winds . My fruit trees produce between 10-12 peaches each. You need to thin the set flowers to get nice sized peach. If you allow the tree to keep all its set flowers, your peaches will be the size of walnuts.
What is the coldest temperature a Redhaven Peach tree can survive?
Linda C on Feb 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Redhavens can survive below-zero temps. Much depends upon the wind speed and direction, but it's a very cold-hardy tree. If you plan on ordering one, just make sure your growing zone is rated for it.
What are the minimum full sun hours required?
Kenneth S on Mar 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Peach trees require 8 hours of sun a day, minimum.
what rootstock is the dwarf redhaven peach tree on?
Cynth R on Oct 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Cynth, Our dwarf peaches are grown on Redleaf seedling rootstock. 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!
What is the cold hours for Redhaven variety?
Hobie1 on Sep 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Ideally, 800-900 chill hours.
What is the best thing to use to keep worms and bugs off and out of my Apple trees , peach. Plum and pear trees?
Lisa B on May 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I use Bonide fruit tree spray. An old standby that is effective and yet
not as toxic to the environment as many other sprays.
We get frosts as late as May 15th. When does the Redhaven bloom? Can the blossoms tolerate even a light frost?
cindy b on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The bloom time will depend upon where you live; the higher the growing-zone number, the sooner it will bloom, but in general, Redhaven is a late-bloomer. It originated in Michigan and has been a wildly successful peach in spite of the long winters/late frosts there.
I just purchased a home and want to have a mini orchard, I have space for approx. six trees and would like variety, which time if the season would I find self pollinating dwarf trees to purchase?
Mary S on Feb 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Mary. You can order trees now for spring shipping when the weather is right for your growing area. Many customers reserve their trees now while the selection is best. If you need assistance in choosing the right trees and pollinators, our Customer Support Team would be happy to assist you. You can reach them at 800.324.4180.
Do I have to purchase the same variety of peach for pollination?
Marie E F on Nov 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Peaches are self-pollinating, and don't need a partner to bear fruit - however - a nearby peach tree of a different variety will give you more/bigger peaches on both trees. The trees need to have a similar bloom time - if you would like a "pollinator booster" peach tree, we'd recommend Reliance or Sentry, if those are suitable for your growing zone.
Do pine trees hurt the tree?
Wayne on Nov 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you have a nearby pine tree that drops a lot of needles on your peach-tree soil, there may be an issue with soil pH being too acidic. You can always amend the soil with lime to make it more alkaline; the key is to do annual soil tests to make sure the pH is correct. Pine tree don't have a "toxic" effect, like black walnut trees, if that is what you're asking.
Is this variety juicy or dry and fleshy like some super market verities?
Rom R on Oct 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a drip-down-your-chin peach. :-)
Do I have to purchase the same type of peach to increase pollination?
Elsie F on Oct 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself, even if you're just using it as a "booster" pollinator for a self-pollinating variety. You will need another peach variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollinator to occur.
do your peach trees come bare root or not?
Bernie L on Sep 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Bernie. Most of them do, yes. It depends upon the variety. Please see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu near the top of the page, which will show you the various sizes/options that are available.
are your trees bare rooted and how tall?
Mel O on Aug 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon which option you choose. Please see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu near the top of the page, which will show you the various sizes/options that are available.
How long before fruit is ready to pick?
Pennie R on Jul 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-4 years to bear fruit. If you're asking when peaches are ripe, here's a great little guide: //
I want to plant a pollinator with my refhaven peach. What should I choose?
Roberta S on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Smart thing to do; you'll get bigger and more peaches from both trees. We would recommend Starking Delicious or Reliance.
will 2 redhaven peach trees pollinate each other?
Rick P on Mar 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately not. While Redhaven is self-pollinating, the presence of another peach variety with a similar bloom time will give you more and bigger peaches. Reliance and Contender are both great peaches in their own right and will work well as "booster" pollinators.
can you buy a standard tree and prune it successfully to be dwarf or semidwarf?
Sherry W on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can. You just have to be diligent about it or it will overgrow. Growing a tree in a container will also keep the root system smaller, but this is difficult with a standard tree.
I live in zone 7a, will the red haven peach tree still be resistant to bacterial spot?
John K on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Disease-resistance doesn't really change by zone. If you know that bacterial spot is a prevalent issue in your location, then you may still want to spray to control this disease even in resistant varieties (Bonide Copper Fungicide is recommended for peach trees).
How many chill hours does it need?
Zachboy222 on Feb 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Redhaven requires about 800-950 chill hours.
Will this peach still produce a small yield in semi-sun conditions (5-6hrs)? Looking to plant in a protected area withing a 30ft clearing in a canopy of maples. Thi
summittmann44 on Jul 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. "Full sun" is considered to be 6-8 hours a day, so it will be somewhat deficient. That will results in a slightly smaller yield and/or smaller fruit. Brown rot is more of a concern if the tree gets too much shade. Be sure you're on a spraying schedule to prevent that from happening.

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Customer Reviews

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very fine choice
I would recommend not planting close to pine trees as they seem to have an adverse effect on peaches in close proximity.
March 11, 2016
over 4 years ago
Reliable Producer
We have had Red Haven peach trees for over 30 years. It is the most reliable of all varieties for our zone 4-5. Great peach for canning and fresh eating.
March 11, 2016
over 4 years ago
Best overall peach
Bought the Redhaven from Stark Bros in 2003. In 2008 it set so much fruit I had to thin it out. Between the tree dropping excess fruit, my thinning, and the fruit left on the tree, I counted fruit set over 600! Here in NE PA it ripens the first week in August. Great flavor, average size, freestone--excellent all around.
March 25, 2016
Great Looking Peach Tree
Planted a dwarf redhaven peach two springs ago, and the tree took off growing immediately the first season. Had a few blossoms and two peaches last year. LOADED with blossoms this spring. The late cold weather may get my crop, but this tree is sprouting new growth again and looks fantastic.
April 11, 2016
Best Peach
My Dad planted a lot of Peach Trees and the Redhaven was my favorite and the favorite of most of his customers. Of Course, he planted the big trees on his farm, but I have better luck with the dwarfs in my yard. In the beginning, he tried a lot of different companies to get the best fruit trees. He found Stark Bros and never ordered from anybody else after that.
May 1, 2016
Looking forward to delicious peaches!
This will be the third dwarf Redhaven Peach that I've had. The first one we moved away from and the last one drown last May after we had 20" of rain. Our third one is planted in a higher part of the yard and in a raised bed. The peaches have been delicious. My husband took pictures of some that were as big as grape fruits and much more delicious! They freeze great and make wonderful pies or just eating fresh. Two years ago I thinned over 700 and harvested about 600 beautiful, delicious peaches. The peach flesh is sometimes shot through with a red color.
June 2, 2016
over 4 years ago
Red Haven Peach Tree
I ordered one Red Haven Peach Tree from you last spring. I was very nice size. It now has many blooms on it. I had to buy the second one this spring to put next to it. Hopefully a late frost won't hurt the blooms. Looking forward to a nice crop for many years to come. Thank You, John in Illinois.
March 9, 2016
Redhaven Peach
I received the Redhaven Peach tree last October, just in time for fall planting. A very healthy and robust tree, professionally pruned ready to plant. It wintered over very well and I see the buds are beginning to form/swell. I am looking forward to reap the reward of a bountiful harvest in due time. Thank you for your prompt service and delivery schedule. Again, a very nice, healthy tree.

Dana Whitman
March 13, 2016
over 4 years ago
Redhaven peach
Plant stock arrived in good condition and planted as directed fall 2015. Stock appears to have survived this winter and hope it comes out of dormancy in great shape.
March 4, 2016
over 4 years ago
Redhaven peach
I received my tree in a timely manner and now look forward to eating some peaches in the next year or two. Good looking tree.
March 13, 2016
over 4 years ago