Harken prunus persica ‘Harken’ is the best flavored peach! It is hardy and widely adaptable. Harken is very sweet and bears a regular crop of large freestone peaches. For canning pick fruit before it is table ripe. The peach tree is admired as much for its beauty and fragrant blossoms as it is for its fruit. The peach blossoms appear late winter and early spring along grey branches before leaves emerge. It is an extremely vigorous tree and requires fertile well drained soils. Harken ripens in early August. At 3 or 4 years of age it begins to bear large crops and reach peak productivity at 8 to 12 years. Peaches need clear hot weather during their growing season and require well-drained soil as well as a regular fertilizing program. They also require heavier pruning than any other fruit trees to maintain size and encourage new growth.