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Description

Grow peaches in regions where temperatures fall well below zero. This exceptionally hardy variety, perfect for northern gardens, consistently yields large crops of sweet, juicy, medium-to-large fruit. Also features lovely pink flowers that bloom and attract bees in spring. Developed in Raleigh, North Carolina, introduced in 1988. Disease-resistant to bacterial spot. Cold-hardy. Freestone. Ripens in mid to late August. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid-late August
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 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

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.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

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We work hard to make sure that your order arrives at the ideal time for planting in your location. That's why we only ship living products during certain times of the year. Order now and your credit card won't be charged until your climate is suitable for planting success and your order is shipped.

Shipping Restrictions

Agricultural regulations prohibit shipment of certain types of trees and plants. We do our best to provide a selection that gives everyone a chance to grow their own. This item cannot be shipped to Parts of CO.

Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

Every order comes with our promise of satisfaction. If you aren't completely satisfied with your order, let us know within one year for a free one-time replacement or refund.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I purchased this tree for my brother based on my own experience with the Contender Peach tree. This tree looks very healthy, pruned nicely, with good roots and better than 5/8" diameter. Very pleased with the purchase. Thanks, Stark Bros.
Ruth C on Mar 31, 2016
I live in Maine and I wanted a hardy peach tree. I have had great luck with Reliance peach trees but wanted to try a different variety.
Wendy W on Feb 23, 2016
I purchased this tree for my brother based on my own experience with the Contender Peach tree. This tree looks very healthy, pruned nicely, with good roots and better than 5/8" diameter. Very pleased with the purchase. Thanks, Stark Bros.
Ruth C on Mar 31, 2016
I have one of these trees already and had my first peaches last year. They taste amazing! So I had to get a second tree this year.
MARCY T on Mar 5, 2016
I live in Maine and I wanted a hardy peach tree. I have had great luck with Reliance peach trees but wanted to try a different variety.
Wendy W on Feb 23, 2016
Cold hardy
Michael M on Feb 21, 2016
supposed to be hardy in zone 4
Jessica P on Feb 20, 2016
Extension office recommendation for Arkansas
Kevin M on Feb 17, 2016
I have one of these trees already and had my first peaches last year. They taste amazing! So I had to get a second tree this year.
MARCY T on Mar 5, 2016
Cold hardy
Michael M on Feb 21, 2016

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Contender Peach Review
I received the bare root dwarf peach tree in May 2014. I was not impressed as the tree was a single stalk approximately 1/2" diameter by 36" tall when planted. There were no protruding branches, just a straight stick.
I followed the planting instructions utilizing a generous sized hole, top soil mixed with composted manure and peat moss mulch. The tree liked that combination as it sprouted several branches and grew to approximately 5 ft that summer.
The tree wintered well and grew to approximately 12 ft the summer of 2015.
I did nothing for protection the winter of 2015-16 other than fencing to prevent deer damage.
This May (2016) the tree has in excess of 80 blossoms and looking healthy. I'm hoping for peaches this summer but question how well the pollination went due to the lack of bees. I tried pollinating several blossoms using an artist's brush. Only time will tell.
I have recommended the contender peach to several of my friends as the results so far have been impressive. Its hard to believe that it grew from a twig to a 12' tree in only 2 years.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Tree
The tree is really hardy. Presently it is filled with blossoms. Since this is the trees 1st year for fruit, I do not know about the taste yet.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Peach tree
So far we are happy with the tree size and the pruning,it is too early to tell how it survived through the winter. Will write another review layer in summer
February 25, 2016
Purchased
7 months ago
Very pretty tree
I haven't got any fruit yet but it is growing good and it is a nice looking tree.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
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