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Description

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.

Characteristics

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!

Related Assortments

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We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

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 all of OR. 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
Self-pollinating and right for our region. I hope.
Kevin J on Aug 24, 2016
I've had this tree before and like the peaches.
Marlene T on Jun 2, 2016
Self-pollinating and right for our region. I hope.
Kevin J on Aug 24, 2016
Who can resist a Northern Peach tree???? Especially a Dwarf!
Julia U on Jul 24, 2016
I've had this tree before and like the peaches.
Marlene T on Jun 2, 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
Who can resist a Northern Peach tree???? Especially a Dwarf!
Julia U on Jul 24, 2016
Supposedly good in Colorado
Joseph Z on May 22, 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: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/all-about-brown-rot
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.
How much wind can the peach trees stand?
Heather L on Jun 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Iowa in a rural area and we can go as low as minus 30 degrees and my peaches have made it through w/out any issues. With this cold, the wind is blowing hard. We also have had gusts of 60 mph in summer. I have a one year old tree as well as a 5 year old tree. Both are loaded with new peaches this year.
After one month in the ground, my bare root tree has small leaves, but they have become dis colored and curling. Could this be peach leaf curl already? I don't believe water is the issue, if anything they may have been getting too much water as it stormed here(SF, SD 4b) for the last two weeks
Mark H on Jun 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You need to be sure that your soil drains well. If not , the roots will sit in water and they will die. I have had that happen too many times here in AR. No problem with that in WY. Moving to KS soon and hoping for much better results there.
How many years does this tree live? (Reliance & Contendor Peach)
Nikki S on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, which is somewhat difficult to answer because its life span is so dependent upon so many things: the weather, pest/critters/diseases that might affect it, the way the tree is cared for, and where it's located. On average, a peach tree produces well for 12 years, but if conditions are right, some will bear longer.

Customer Reviews

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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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Reliance Peach
So far so good! I planted it last spring and it lived through the winter in Hailey, Idaho. We are 5,000 feet elevation with harsh winters. Sun Valley Ski Resort is just 12 miles up the road. I thought I would try it because peaches are not supposed to grow in our area.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Reliance
Received in great condition. grew quickly first year. Winter hardy, and had to thin lots of peaches this season. Haven't tasted any yet.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great Peach, especially for northern Illinois
Have grown this variety for a long time with great success (have 5 trees). Planted the new one last year and it looks great this year with lots of baby peaches. Picked them all off to put the energy into the tree growth but expect a big harvest next year. Everyone I talk to says you can't grow peaches in northern Illinois but when I hand them a big juicy peach they believe. Reliance is a great eating peach and even better for pies. For pies they freeze very well and taste great on a cold January day....
June 14, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Reliance Peach
I have several Reliance peach trees. I've had some problems with low yield the last couple of years, but most of the problems have been caused by late frosts and not the trees themselves. The yield that I have gotten are small in size, but very flavorful and I am satisfied with them overall. I would recomend tnem.
May 11, 2016
Reliable
I live in an area of west michigan where we can have warm weeks early in spring followed by a good freeze. This tree so far has weathered through the fluctuations and flowered. Its still too young to bear fruit but so far, healthy tree.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
1 year ago
peachy
Well, it survived the Chicago winter, had 2 little fruits the second year and there are blossoms on it again.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Reliance Peach
My peach looks very healthy. No blossoms but may be too young. Hoping for fruit next year. Shipment was fast and well packaged. Would do business again with Stark Bros.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago