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Our hardiest peach tree. This tree produces a heavy crop of fruit as far north as Canada, even after frigid winters. Perfect for northern fruit gardens! Fruit is medium-to-large with a sweet, peachy flavor. Features a flush of pink flowers in early spring. Originates from New Hampshire in 1964. Cold-hardy. Freestone. Ripens in early August. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Mild
Texture Soft, Juicy
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

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'

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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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

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Supposedly good in Colorado
Joseph Z on May 22, 2016
because although I live in zone 5a I have experienced below -20 temps herre at least 2 times since 1975. I want to be sure my tree lives through such a frost.
carole c on May 16, 2016
Supposedly good in Colorado
Joseph Z on May 22, 2016
good cold tolerance and am anxious to see how it produces in zone 4B
Janet S on May 20, 2016
because although I live in zone 5a I have experienced below -20 temps herre at least 2 times since 1975. I want to be sure my tree lives through such a frost.
carole c on May 16, 2016
I have one and it has produced very well. It's all about the last freeze on if it will give up the fruit.
Phillip P on May 12, 2016
its dwarf. room is of great importance
Charles R on May 10, 2016
Cold hardy, ripens in early Aug.
Theresa C on May 4, 2016
I have one that has born fruit for many years that has died. It tasted good and like it's name it was reliable.
ROBERT G on Apr 30, 2016
Self pollinating, reviewed to be highly tolerant to late frost, and have great peach flavor.
Elise I on Apr 30, 2016
i have had reliance before-but lost one in an .exceptionally cold winter in 2015
my brother has 2 trees in Rochester, NY and between our 3 trees we canned about 100 pints in addition to peach jam and eating them fresh. I sometimes add orange juice to the thin syrup. My grand children love yogurt smoothies with peaches.
melinda k on Apr 29, 2016
was told this was a good tree for MN colder climate
Ann L on Apr 28, 2016
This variety of peach says it is hardy to at least zone 4, which is unusual for a peach, and it is self polinating.
Nicholas E on Apr 27, 2016
Because of how hardy the tree is
Michelle W on Apr 21, 2016
We LOVE fresh peaches, and like to grow our own fruit. We seem to be in a colder area than our zone would indicate, so we were pleased to see that this variety of peach should not be bothered by our cold winters.
NADINE T on Apr 19, 2016
Previously had 5 and they had peaches on 2 year. Lost all 5 due to bad record cold here in U.P of Mi (-30 for almost 2 weeks) and that year even scarred some mature apple trees and even lost zone 3 apple trees. Replanted one and it did good last year so thought I would give it one more try.
Derek F on Apr 8, 2016
high freeze resistance--necessary in central il
john t on Apr 6, 2016
I chose this because it originated from our home state and will be planted in Bend Oregon in memory of my nephew .
Joanna S on Apr 4, 2016
Very Hardy fruit if pruned correct, large crop every year here in Joliet Illinois had this variety for 7 plus years and still produces a large crop year after year. Great for eating fresh and for making pies. I have the room so planting another tree this year.
James S on Mar 31, 2016
I had one before and it was wonderful.
Jo S on Mar 22, 2016
Excellent flavor, and very cold resistant.
NANCY Z on Mar 22, 2016
Have had success with reliance in the past. Good flavor.
Jochen W on Mar 13, 2016
Ozark Prairie Master Gardener recommended for my Missouri Ozark Orchards.
Mary S on Mar 11, 2016
Wanted a freestone dwarf tree
Debra D on Mar 9, 2016
reliability of a crop
JIM M on Feb 18, 2016
good cold tolerance and am anxious to see how it produces in zone 4B
Janet S on May 20, 2016
I have one and it has produced very well. It's all about the last freeze on if it will give up the fruit.
Phillip P on May 12, 2016
This last year all my peaches got some type of mold growing on them, do you now what this might have been and how can I keep it from reoccurring this year?
Anna H on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Probably brown rot (a common fungal issue for peach trees growing in humid areas). This article should help:
What other tree would be good to plant with a reliance peach.?
Chris J on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello - We have had the tree in the ground only since April of 2015, so you'll need to ask me again in a year or two. The description says "self-pollinating," which is why we only bought one. We are very eager to see what progress it makes growth-wise this summer, and whether it has any blossoms. The people at Stark should be more helpful than I am! Best of luck.

Customer Reviews

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Healthy Tree
We have this peach for 3 years. We live in zone 3.9. The tree seems hardy with vigorous new growth, but we are waiting for the first blossoms. The cold winters here has not seemed to affect its rowth
May 6, 2016
over 2 years ago
So far so good
This is the second year for my tree and now it is in full bloom, looking forward to see hoy many peaches I will get. This will be the first harvest. So my review could be 5 stars or less, depending on harvest.
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
Love My Peach
I planted my tree in October 2014, so it is very young. Although still small and frail, it blossomed for the first time this spring. Tiny peaches now cling to its small branches. I fully expect to be able to harvest fruit next season.
The tree arrived in a cardboard tube, barely over 2 feet long. In an amazing growth spurt, it is now over 5 feet tall, and filing out nicely. I am extremely happy with my purchase, and look forward to many fruitful years (pun intended!)
Highly recommend Stark and this peach variety.
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
Highly recommend
Very happy with my reliance and contender peach trees for stark brothers. I have to admit, I Was hesitant with mail delivery abut stark trees are thriving over bare root trees from another nursery that died. I now order from stark brothers only.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
Well, it survived the Chicago winter, had 2 little fruits the second year and there are blossoms on it again.
May 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
Peaches in New Hampshire
I have had Reliance peach trees at another house here in SW NH they are delicious . When I moved from that house I had a Reliance peach tree planted in the yard of my next house before the house was finished. All of my friends looked forward to when the peaches would be ripe they all said they were the best they ever ate. This will be the third summer for the tree I have now and we expect to get peaches this year, the tree looks great and will be in bloom soon. The tree was in great shape when I got it from Starks and it will give us pewaches for years to come.
May 5, 2016
1 year ago
Reliance Peach
The tree has grown ten times in size within a year and is producing a significant amount of peaches!
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
great peach
Over several years we have had several peach trees. It survives the best of any in our growing zone between 4 and 5. The flavor is great, they are very juicy and sought out by our friends. We have recommended them to several people.
May 9, 2016
over 2 years ago
Only a one-year-old
I've only had the tree one year but this one and the nectarine tree are growing faster than the others. Overall though, all the trees I ordered last year from Stark are thriving. Thank you so much!
May 22, 2016
1 year ago
Strong and sturdy
The tree is doing great, and I have to admit that it impressed me. The second year it produced fruit. My family and I are very happy with it so far
May 9, 2016
1 year ago
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