Scarlet Halo Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Scarlet Halo’)
Scarlet Halo Peach Tree
The Scarlet Halo Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Scarlet Halo’) is noted for its splendid flavor and scarlet-colored flesh. Bred for its fine, very sweet flavor and thicker size, Scarlet Halos are a late-ripening, self-fruitful variety. Also known as donut, bagel or flat peaches, these are truly unique specimens, and are amazingly ornamental, dual-purpose trees!
With strong branching, and retaining an upright form, spring bursts into action with a dazzling, display of pink-tinted blossoms. The fragrant flowers bloom before the tree’s leaves appear, to produce a lovely display of floral brilliance! Pollinators and a few early arriving hummingbirds arrive at the scene as well for the bounty of nectar!
Scarlett Halo fruit exhibits a more compressed appearance, for which they are named. It has a semi-clingstone pit in the sunken center shaped like a doughnut. The unique shape, combined with the bright scarlet hue of the skin and flesh, adds to the charm of this unique peach variety! Ripening in early August, they are as delightfully sweet and juicy as any peach you’ve ever tasted! Because of this shape, you can easily eat all around the pit.
Eat them fresh or dehydrated (dried). Use them in fabulous preserves, and don’t forget the grill! Pop-out the pit, slice them in half and place them on the grill for a short time. The heat really brings out the outstanding flavors of this special fruit! Also fantastic in baked goods, pies and pastries as well as the famous Peach cobbler.
The long, slightly wavy foliage is verdant green and provides amazing shade and the wonderful upright mature form adds so much delightful presence to the landscape! A fantastic specimen plant and focal point, these can be trained to work in any sized property or tucked into any home orchard, big or small! Shade garden beds and patios, or use to anchor buildings and large plantings. Or just set one out in the backyard as a lovely edible accent tree, retaining its ornamental appeal throughout the entire year!
Pruned smaller, these trees fit into any garden orchard or home landscape for privacy, juicy fruit and their ornamental appeal. Plant them in a hedgerow for screening and enjoy a harvest of flat fruit for the entire summer while screening out an unwanted view.
Scarlet Halo is self-fruitful but will produce a larger yield with a pollinating partner close by. Plant with another Scarlet Halo, or other donut-style peach variety. No room? Try this high-density planting trick!
Hardy in USDA growing zones 6-9, Scarlet Halo requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for the best health and juiciest fruit. While not particular on soil type, any well-drained soil is best. Fruit trees require good drainage to thrive.
Good air circulation is important as well. Prune to keep the center of the tree open to both air and sunlight. It is easy to maintain this tree much smaller if needed for a small home orchard, small yard, or to harvest easily. Maintaining a smaller tree also allows you to cover in bird netting so your local feathered friends won’t carry away all of your harvest.
In late winter, prune to keep an open canopy for sunlight and airflow to reach the interior of the tree.
Scarlet Halo Peach Tree is certainly a unique and wonderful tree for almost any yard, and it is a definite must-have for any peach-loving gardener!
|Common name||Scarlet Halo Peach Tree|
|Botanical name||Prunus persica 'Scarlet Halo'|
|Harvest time||3 - 5 Years|
|Height||16 - 20 ft.|
|Width||16 - 20 ft.|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|