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An early producer of beautiful peaches. Start the season off right! This variety bears crops before almost any other. The fruit is firm and attractive with sweet yellow flesh that makes it a favorite at any table. Developed in Beltsville, Maryland, released in 1980. Tree is disease-resistant to bacterial spot. Semi-freestone. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early July
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 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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

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Stark Bro's Store
I read it had good resistance to disease (bacterial spot).
JoAnna K on Feb 20, 2016
I read it had good resistance to disease (bacterial spot).
JoAnna K on Feb 20, 2016
Does this type of peach keep it's flavor well when canned, cooked, or preserved? Is it freestone?
Karen H on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. This variety is best for fresh-eating and may not work well in any type of cooking.

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Planted on a hillside in rich soil where a 150 year old sugar maple had dominated until it was felled, the Std. Sentry Peach is in its second growing season. Both years have had prolonged periods of drought causing the USDA to list the area as in drought status. Since hillsides dry out more quickly than flat areas, more drought resistant weeds have filled into what was virtually bare ground under the dense shade of the previous tree; but the Sentry Peach tree has survived and grown about three feet. The Rich May and Victoria peach trees planted near the Sentry have even less growth. There has been no bloom on the Sentry but none was expected until the third year and an April 21 freeze in the low 20's would have killed the bloom anyway as it did on my Messina, Elberta and Frost peaches. Happily, much of the older Reliance and Contender peaches' bloom survived despite the freeze.
August 12, 2016
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