Canadian Harmony Peach Tree Overview
Originated in Harrow Agricultural Research Station, Ontario, Canada by Gerald M. Weaver. It is a cross between Redskin and Sunhaven. The fruit is round, the skin 80% blushed red over a yellow ground color. Ripens about two weeks before Elberta. Tree is very productive, hardiness equivalent to Redhaven, and moderately tolerant to bacterial leaf and fruit spot.
The Canadian Harmony peach tree is a very versatile tree which produces delicious firm peaches that are slow to brown. You can do just about anything with these peaches! However, since they are slow to brown, they are perfect for salads. Additionally it has freestone peaches which have flesh that separate easily from the pit compared to clingstones which cling to the pit.
Just like some other peach trees, the Canadian Harmony peach tree prefers fertile, loamy, well-draining soils. It can grow well in hardiness zones 5-8. Moreover these peaches will ripen in mid-late August. When they flower, they will decorate the landscape with a bouquet of aromatic, pink blossoms. Lastly, it needs around 1000 chill hours in order to properly set fruit. Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season. If you would like more information on how to plant and grow fruit trees, see the articles in our guide.
- Uses: Eating fresh, canning, cooking, preserving, deserts
- Taste/Texture: Medium firm, juicy, sweet, aromatic
- Size: Large round fruit
- Color: Yellow flesh. The skin is yellow with a scarlet blush.
- Height: This tree will reach 12-15′ if pruned well. If it is not pruned well it can reach 25′ tall.
- Type: Freestone
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Harvest period: Mid-late August, shortly after Redhaven.
- Chill Hours: 1000
- Pollination: Although the Canadian Harmony peach tree is self-pollinating, which means it can produce fruit without the help of other trees, the fruiting can improve when you plant other peach varieties close by.
- Diseases: In order to prevent diseases like leaf curl and brown rot, spraying is a good idea.
- Cultivation: These peach trees need loamy, well-drained, fertile soils, and full sun. Additionally they are vigorous and upright growing.