Crimson Rocket Peach

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The perfect peach tree for compact spaces. This columnar tree grows up, not out — and you still get full-size peaches. Fruit has the right balance of sweet and tart — yellow, smooth flesh makes this an ideal dessert peach. Introduced circa 2001. Freestone. Ripens in mid-August and stores well. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #15,216 or other patents.

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Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet And Tart
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 12 - 15' tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 2 - 3' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Size and reputation of quality.
Karen W on Jan 4, 2020
they share space with my columnar apple trees
Gregory C on Apr 6, 2016
Size and reputation of quality.
Karen W on Jan 4, 2020
Catherine R on Jan 3, 2020
they share space with my columnar apple trees
Gregory C on Apr 6, 2016
Catherine R on Jan 3, 2020
Are the columnar 'crimson rocket peach' able to grow in containers, such as a whiskey barrel?
Michael A on Mar 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am growing a columnar apple in a barrel and it is are doing fine. I do move the barrels into our covered, unheated porch during the winter months. I am in Colorado (Zone 4) and it is too cold to leave a planted barrel outside in the winter months. So I move it to the shelter of the house in the winter from Oct. - May and then outside in the sun from May to Oct. I also do this with my miniature peach trees, although they are moved inside the house for the winter months. They are doing very well too.

- Courtney in Colorado
Should these peach trees be pruned?
Sunshine on Jul 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think it needs to be pruned unless you want to thin out the number of branches coming off the trunk. In one year mine grew to about the size shown in the photo - branches grow at a pretty tight angle to the trunk. Overall width of the tree is about 2 feet. Mine did not bear fruit yet this year so I'll have a better idea next year when hopefully it will produce some peaches It did bloom - it's a pretty little tree.
Can this tree be grown in So. Ca., and still bear fruit?
Darrell P on Jan 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I live in the Chicago area where icy temps and frigid freezing winds
create problems so,I cannot honestly respond to your querie.
I strongly suggest you contact your local University of CA extension or the local California Dept of Agriculture. They will have a much better handle on this form of Peach tree. I would imagine it would survivor on your patio/outside with lots of Sun and perhaps some shelter in the Winter, depending of course on your geographical location within your State./ Dr. Judith Dean
Interest in a peach tree and rocket apple tree for area98226 bellingham wa area?
Omar A on Dec 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We have several peaches hardy for your zone. Enter your zip code in the my location feature on our site. We will add a check mark by all varieties compatible with your zone.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is this a bare root tree?
Rick S on Nov 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It depends what the availability is on this product. At this time they are not in stock but it may be offered in a bare root or potted in the spring of 21.
I???m zone 10A is their no way this will grow in my area? I???m so sad
Blonde64 on Jan 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Couldn't say. I would abide by the FDA zone recommendations though.

Or you could keep this in a large pot with wheeled caddy, then bring it indoors when temperatures begin dipping near freezing.
I have ordered several columnar and dwarf fruit trees. All will be planted in containers for at least a few years. I read your article about this and see you recommend starting in a 5 gallon container then moving to 15 gallon container. Is there any reason I can't just plant into a 15 or 20 gallon container right away? Also, what is the best size for the container regardless of it's gallon rating? Thank you!
Bill D on Feb 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Bill. Your question is a good one. Plant roots experience a new-stage growth spurt when their roots reach the edge of a container and the tree is "potted up" to a larger size, where the roots can start growing again. You can certainly start a tree in the largest size container, but it may go through a couple of "stall" periods where growth slows down and the soil gets "tired." Container soil needs to be rejuvenated once in a while, which happens automatically when you repot. If I understand your second question, a 24' diameter container is a good "final" size for a dwarf or columnar tree.
Can Crimson Rocket Peach be pruned for height to avoid having to stand on a ladder to harvest? Or would that cause too much side branching and thus ruin the columnar form?
Sara S on Jul 24, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Best tasting peaches!
These are my favorite peaches. Very heavy bearing, but produces large fruit if you thin excess fruit. They bear later than my other peach trees extending my harvest to a month or longer. They are sweet and juicy eaten fresh and make yummy cobblers.
February 21, 2016
Crimson Rocket Peach
Planted in 2016. Tree was 3 feet tall. It is definitely a rocket because it is now15 feet tall and it has a few peaches this year (bad spring for fruit trees because we had a cold snap which killed a lot of blossoms).Very healthy tree and has about one hundred new side shoots (don't know what to do with all this growing but I will learn as I go). Price was good and shipping container was excellent.
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago
"Rocket " What a great name !
Astonished by the growth & health of this cultivar .
Wish I had a dozen more!
June 12, 2017
over 5 years ago
zone 5 and staying alive
Purchased 2 of these in 2016, they arrived looking healthy. I had to move one mid-season and I was afraid it wouldn't make it, but it did ! amazing
This spring (2017) they bloomed and we might even have a few peaches - this fall (1 year after planting) - little to no winter damage (critical for S.Central WI). I've already thinned some of the blossoms to encourage the crop to grow. This winter was mild - with no spring freezes - so I'm not sure how they'd do for severe weather - but for now I'm thrilled to have my peach trees!
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
1 year review
Planted March 2016. Peach trees have grown 9 ft tall and 4 feet diameter as of Sept 2017. Peaches where thinned were 3" diameter and very sweet. I do have a issue with chlorosis with the alkaline soils but trees produced well. Will do some light pruning this winter for some dropping limbs and continue to treat with iron chelates.
September 28, 2017
over 5 years ago
Crimson Rocket Peach - 2 Year Review
I purchased three Crimson Rocket peach trees in the Spring of 2017. I gave them very good care the first year--they survived the hot summer and NW Missouri winter just fine, although they had very little growth at the end of the summer of year 2 from the original 3.5 -4 feet when I got them.

This year (starting year 3), however, growth has been exceptional. They have doubled in height from 4 feet to at least 8 feet. Foliage looks very healthy, and they seem to not be affected by the nearby fungal problems of my columnar apple trees. Width is about 2+ feet at this point, and the few limbs growing more out than up could be trimmed if needed to make the trees even more columnar. I have given them modest amounts of a balanced fertilizer + minerals, and spot treated Japanese beetles with an insecticide.

There were just a couple of blossoms this year, none of which produced any fruit; I presume next year will be the first fruiting year.

In short, I am very happy with the peach trees so far. Will update my review in a year or two perhaps.
August 6, 2019
over 2 years ago
Hearty plant
Both rockets grew well and flowered beautifully the first season.
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Big Juicy Peaches
I just tasted my very first home grown peach off of this tree and it was spectacular. I don't even like peaches - or at least I thought I didn't. I actually came on the site just now to buy another tree! They are so narrow and great for anyone who thought they don't have enough room to grow their own fruit.
August 11, 2020
This is a beautiful and prolific tree. Second year we have a thick, sturdy trunk and fat, heavy, extremely sweet juicy fruit! I've made pies and cobblers and eaten them raw. We get many compliments on it!
January 10, 2018
over 6 years ago
Took off like a rocket
Man, they were not kidding when they called this tree a "rocket" tree. This tree shot up out of nowhere the first year. The peaches are full of flavor. I will be ordering more of this variety when it becomes available again.
May 2, 2018
over 6 years ago