Cold-Hardy Peach Tree Collection

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Peaches aren’t just for Georgia anymore. If you thought your area was too cold for successful peach-growing, then this Collection is for you. These varieties are cold-hardy to Zone 4 and get high marks for flavor, juiciness and sugar content. While peach trees are self-pollinating, the other trees in this collection will serve to give you an abundance of peach blossoms and fruit.

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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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Past experience of losing blooms due to NWA Late frosts
RICKY D on Mar 5, 2020
I choose these cause it???s pretty cold here in Wisconsin and I wanted these to survive .
ROGER V on Mar 2, 2020
Past experience of losing blooms due to NWA Late frosts
RICKY D on Mar 5, 2020
Hardiness for my zone
Kenny A on Mar 5, 2020
I choose these cause it???s pretty cold here in Wisconsin and I wanted these to survive .
ROGER V on Mar 2, 2020
later blooming time in our area gives us a better chance of not losing to late freeze
Sandra R on Mar 1, 2020
Go together for pollination.
Vicki G on Feb 14, 2020
Southern Minnesota needs cold hearty environmental fruit trees to stimulate bee population and food varieties.
Jeffrey S on Feb 6, 2020
Like peaches, our regular peaches died from our winters
Steve L on Feb 4, 2020
Love peaches n be a great addition 2my fruit tree orchard
Joseph S on Jan 18, 2020
I live in a cold challenged state for growing peaches. Hoping these will produce regular crops! Fresh peaches taste superior to any from a market. Freestone is a must.
M H on Jan 11, 2020
late frost frequently keeps peaches from being produced in my area, so I thought I would try peaches specifically bred to be cold hardy.
Fran B on Dec 14, 2019
I live in zone 5A. Peaches have been successful and I am looking forward to attempting them in my orchard.
Kristen P on May 3, 2019
recommended by a friend
BILL W on Feb 17, 2019
Can share with family members to plant in 2 different locations. If one failes the other may thrive.
Marylou M on Feb 14, 2019
good luck with these varieties in the past.
Thomas S on Feb 12, 2019
Although peaches in the northern mid-west don't last as well as in the southern states, we love getting the baseball sized juicy peaches off of these two varieties. I make sure to buy a couple of trees every few years so we overlap in case we lose one or two to extreme temps. We had unseasonal temps this winter. -47 with -72 wind chill, so it's possible we may have lost some this winter.
Mom40s on Feb 4, 2019
I've had very good harvest from my Reliance trees and I need on more and will try a Contender.
JERRY G on Feb 2, 2019
I love peaches but only fresh off the tree. these are cold hardy. I need the dwarf for my yard.
Debra R on Jan 9, 2019
I want to try peaches in Alaska, and these are cold hardy!
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
My grandpa grows these and they are hardy, prolific and delicious.
Tiffany B on Sep 20, 2018
Why not ? I wanted peaches, love them, the cost of fruit warrants having a couple of trees.
Edward C on Sep 15, 2018
Have had good luck thus far with Stark Brothers Peaches, made it through last years winter in upstate NY
John S on Apr 25, 2018
We have a Reliance peach tree, purchased in 2011, that bears wonderful fruit despite our very cold weather. Decided to try the Contender since it was suggested for our area.
ELEANOR N on Mar 10, 2018
We live in upstate NY near the Adirondacks. We have a Contender and an Intrepid that have made it through 2 winters. Willing to try a few more. These grow like crazy!
JANE W on Oct 21, 2017
Cold hardy, I live in da U.P. eh!
Bethney B on Apr 30, 2017
Cold climate
David H on Mar 7, 2017
Late frosts in area during blooming of fruit trees the last couple of years.
Kathryn K on Feb 13, 2017
Need some cold hardy peaches and hope for a late bloom.
RANDALL C on Jan 26, 2017
I have two peach trees that have made the two year mark and thought I woughd add to the mix .
David C on Oct 6, 2016
I purchased it because I live in zone 4 & believe it or not, several peaches do well here. They're just as large & sweet as the ones in the stores. The neighborhood kids like to sneak into the yard & snatch them off the trees & run. We howl with laughter every time we see them.
Ray N on May 31, 2016
Want to grow and compare these hardy zone 4 & 5 peaches.
GARY O on May 15, 2016
Hardiness for my zone
Kenny A on Mar 5, 2020
later blooming time in our area gives us a better chance of not losing to late freeze
Sandra R on Mar 1, 2020
Which cold tolerant varieties are peach leaf curl resistant? I???m in S Central Wisconsin.
Carol S on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have had a "Frost" Peach for number of years which is sold as curl resistant. I have not sprayed it for peach leaf curl and have had no peach leaf curl on it though I have had the disease on other peach varieties. It has been hardy in Zone 6B where I am in New York.
Lots of snow on the ground here! How could I store these if I order now?
Rob K on Mar 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They should ship when the weather is good, but since they are generally dormant when you get them, you could put them in a protected area of your yard and keep them cold until the ground is workable and you can plant. When you get them, they look like dormant trees with no leaves. My advice is store them in a cold garage, shed and wait until the snow has gone and the soil workable to plant.
Are the trees in the polar peach tree collection cling stone or free stone?
Kathleen M on Nov 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. They are both freestone.
Are all the varieties you sell suitable for Missouri? We are in the Kansas City area
Brian A on Mar 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We have not been able to keep them alive. But we live in NE Iowa. Since you are further south they will probably do just fine. We have had beautiful trees and then get a really hard freeze and lose them. We do have friends in town who have given us beautiful peaches from their trees.
how old will these trees be when I plant ?
mike t on Mar 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter and are 2 years of age.
Why do we have to cross pollinate?
Mary W on Feb 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Peach trees are self-pollinating but by adding in an additional tree, you'll increase your crop size and quality. Without pollination, your trees will not bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what is the rootstock for these trees?
matt w on Feb 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
how big are the trees when they are shipped?
zack s on Dec 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our trees ship at different heights depending on the size you choose. The shipping height is listed under the options tab.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When do peach trees break dormancy?
Jean M on Apr 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That will depend entirely upon the weather in your growing zone, the length of the winter and the average chill hours the tree received, as well as and the variety of peach. The warmer the area, the sooner the break. If you're concerned that the tree may not have survived the winter, we recommend you try a scratch test: //
If that test determines the tree is no longer living and in need of replacement, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. They'd be happy to help.

Customer Reviews

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Survived tough Wisconsin winter
Still alive after winter and growing great! Purchased polar peach (3 peach trees). Temps down to 30 below this winter. They are now growing like crazy!
May 5, 2016
over 7 years ago
too far north
We live 20 miles north of the Wisconsin border in upper Michigan. We know that it is a challenge to grow peaches in our area, but the polar collection promised to deliver despite our cold winters. All of our trees died the first time the temperature dropped to minus 20 F. We strongly recommend that Stark Brothers Nursery adopt a more conservative attitude concerning which plants will thrive in the north. It's extremely disappointing when a variety recommended for our area dies during the first or second winter.
August 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great so far
These trees are doing great so far. I only planted these last spring, so I was surprised to see that they already have fruit in their second year. I live in Northeastern Ohio, and we get some pretty cold winters, but even with some late frost this spring (May 19th) these are still loaded with peaches. For comparison, I planted these bare root trees at the same time I also planted a 3 foot tall potted Red Haven from ***mart. I year later the ***mart tree is mostly dead with one branch that has a few small leaves left on it, both of the Stark trees are perfectly healthy and in fact have peaches on them already.
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Indiana Polor Peach Collection
The 2 trees I planted last year are growing well. One had peaches this year. The peaches were very large with very good flavor. I am happy with these trees.
August 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Let them eat peaches
I've been growing peaches in Minneapolis for a decade. Some have done well & others not so much. I'd considered buying them locally in pots, but the selection is nearly nonexistent. Since I've had great success planting bare root, I picked this collection from Stark. They're in their second season & thriving. I haven't had any fruit to sample yet, but I'll have to wait a couple more years.
August 3, 2016
over 5 years ago
Made it through its first winter.
Made it through their first summer and winter in the Ohio River Valley where the weather goes through extremes by the day and sometimes by the hour. Leafed out strong this spring and bloomed. If fruit forms will pick it off as the trees are still building root system. I mulched them after planting them, tried to keep up with weekly watering when it got dry, and wrapped the bark in the fall to protect from critters and freezing/thawing-bark splitting. I think I opted for the pruning service offered by Stark. Trees came in good healthy condition. Recommended, so far.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
These peach trees are doing great! One of them was loaded with flowers this spring and it looks like I'll have fruit after the first year of planting. The other peach tree had a few blossoms and looks as thought it too will have some fruit. Both trees are healthy and thriving. Can't wait for future harvests!
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
They made it through the winter in zone 4
I was concerned because the first order didn't make it through the winter but they made it this year although we didn't have as cold but it was cold for a longer period of time. So I am happy they made!!
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Polar Peach Tree Collection
peach trees are vary nice. lots of blossoms but no fruit, hoping for fruit next spring.
November 9, 2016
over 7 years ago
Polar Peach Tree Collection
Doing great! One didn't leaf out at the top but eventually leafed out mid trunk. They have little peaches on them and this is only their second spring. We had a late frost and it didn't seem to faze them.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago