Desertgold Peach

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A peach for warm weather. Good news for peach lovers who live in warmer climates where peaches won’t usually grow: this heat-tolerant variety is productive even in areas where it never frosts! Bears heavy crops of attractive yellow-fleshed fruit. Developed in Fresno, California, introduced in 1969. Semi-freestone. Ripens in early July. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
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 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' 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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Reported to grow well in AZ
Danielle K on Feb 27, 2021
Replacement for a previous tree we purchased (from another company) that died. Proven to grow well in zone 9.
Sandra J on Jan 31, 2021
Reported to grow well in AZ
Danielle K on Feb 27, 2021
I grew them in Arizona in the past. Terrific tree for this State, Southern part

BRUNO S on Feb 15, 2021
Replacement for a previous tree we purchased (from another company) that died. Proven to grow well in zone 9.
Sandra J on Jan 31, 2021
These peach trees do amazingly well in the Northeast
Nancy H on Sep 5, 2020
Early maturing variety peach tree
John B on Dec 14, 2019
Low chill requirement.
Sunny M on Jun 8, 2019
Best peach tree to have in Arizona!!
bonnie h on Jun 6, 2019
I've always wanted to grow a peach tree and the price was right
Mark C on Jun 5, 2019
I live in Phoenix Az Wanted a peach couldn't find one at the nursery here. Thank you for having one. Wish me luck.
Michelle P on May 24, 2019
Michael B on May 21, 2019
Recommended by Phoenix Fruit Growers for this area.
Patricia P on May 16, 2019
peach trees flower pink.
rodolfo p on Mar 25, 2019
Heat tolerant
Lisa M on Mar 12, 2019
Looks like a good choice for AZ zone 9.
Donald D on Feb 1, 2019
Will grow in hot climate. Available for quick delivery.
KAREN M on Oct 25, 2018
to go with a peach tree I already have
Barbara F on Jun 20, 2016
Liked that it's great for the South and warm climate.
buzz on Jun 3, 2016
We already have this variety in a dwarf and it is a prolific producer of lovely early sweet peaches that are easy to can or freeze and are great for jam and pies. I thin the fruit to about 1/2 the started fruit and still harvested almost two bushel last year. We highly recommend this variety.
KATHRYN W on Jun 2, 2016
zone 9 peach
Sandi M on Mar 16, 2016
I grew them in Arizona in the past. Terrific tree for this State, Southern part

BRUNO S on Feb 15, 2021
These peach trees do amazingly well in the Northeast
Nancy H on Sep 5, 2020
how many chill hours does Desert Gold require require ?
Jeff R on Dec 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This variety requires 200 chill hours and will produce with even few than that. It's our best peach for the warmest climates in the U.S.
newly planted Desert Gold peach hasn t leafed out yetis that normal?
gregory b on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: hello! my desert gold peach tree did not have many leaves/flowers until the 2nd spring season. but boy did it grow big!
Leaves turning brown curling and falling off?
bert d on Sep 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That sounds like peach leaf curl. Be sure to clean up all debris under the tree, especially in the fall. Spray the whole tree after most all of leaves have dropped in the fall, and again in the early spring, just before buds open. The best products to use (these are natural sprays):

Serenade?? Garden Disease Control
Bonide?? Copper Fungicide Spray or Dust
Bonide?? Citrus, Fruit & Nut Orchard Spray
Monterey Fruit Tree Spray Plus
Monterey Horticultural Oil
How many years will it take for this tree to bear fruits?
Trina D on Jan 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
desertgold gold comebin dwarf size peach ?
faye f on Jan 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Looks like we only have this available in standard size this coming spring 2020.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will you be selling the desert gold peach tree in the dwarf size?
Natalie H on Dec 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. At this time, we only have the sizes available shown in the option menu.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
how deep do we plant?
Barry T B on Jun 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We recommend a planting hole of at least 2' deep and wide. A hole that's 3' deep and wide will give you a better long-term result.
Hello. I live in Houston (hot!) Texas, zone 9a. Peaches usually grow small (size of large apricots) out here. I want to try again with more heat tolerant variety and I was hoping you can tell me which peach would do the bestest out of these 3 (which would you recommend first) July (Kim) Elberta, Desertgold, or Sun Haven? Thank you.
Luis R on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry! I would recommend the Desertgold Peach for your location. This variety grows where peaches don't typically grow.

Customer Reviews

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Fast Growing
I live in Mesa (Phoenix) AZ and have been VERY pleased with this tree. I'm always a little worried about the 110+ degree heat and how a sapling will handle it. I'm happy to report that this tree has been very happy with this heat. I water once a week. I'm in season two and the tree has EXPLODED with new growth. The trunk has at least tripled in diameter. It is now about 7 ft tall.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years ago
dwarf peachtree
We were shocked when we received our tree last summer as it appeared to be only a small twig! but lo and behold this summer we are going to get our first peach! We love our strong but mighty tree and couldn't be happier.
May 22, 2017
over 4 years ago
Stark Desertgold peach
This is a great tasting peach that cans nicely. The dwarf tree offered loads of fruit last year. This year a late frost killed the blooms so fruiting was much reduced.
June 11, 2017
over 4 years ago
Desert gold Peach
This peach tree is in its 2nd planting season it produced the best peaches I ever tasted I live in hot Arizona where summers can reach up to 110 plus degrees this tree did great only downfall is when the fruit is gone it leaves you wanting more I'm so proud of this tree when I received it my husband laughed at it and said you should throw that dead stick away will who is laughing now he loves the sweet fruit that this tree produced it's health BEAUTIFUL and makes gardening so easy can't go wrong with this tree
August 2, 2019
I love Stark Bros!!! All the trees I've purchased from them have out grown and produced all other trees from other suppliers. Thank you for providing a superior product!!!
May 30, 2017
over 4 years ago
Peach review
This tree is growing the best of all of them. Should see fruit next year. can't wait.
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
Desert Gold Peach the only one to grow in Arizona
I would definitely recommend the desert gold peach for Colorado, as we miss the Colorado (Palisade) peaches so much and this is the next best thing. The tree has blossomed out this spring and is doing great - had some peaches but wind blew them away, so no mature fruit yet, but expect a good crop in one more year. We put in another desert gold tree purchased locally this year, so now have two trees and hoping for good things in another year.
May 16, 2017
over 5 years ago
Desertgold Peach Tree
I am very satisfied with my Desertgold Peach tree. I was pleasantly surprised to see numerous peaches on my tree this spring since the tree is not two years old yet. I would definitely recommend this product to others. Time will tell how well the fruit holds up under the Arizona sun. Once I have harvested my peach crop, I will let you know how they fared with the heat and the quality of fruit picked from the tree. This may be the best peach tree that we've ever had.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Beautiful tree and fruit but tasteless
I waited two years for my Desertgold Peach to have peaches. They came in heavy and beautiful. The smell and color was perfect but the taste was terrible. The fruit was watery and tasteless. I picked the fruit and threw it all away. I am so disappointed.
June 6, 2016
Desertgold Peach
This tree is thriving. This second year we got our first fruit. Igotnetting on a little late and lost someof the peaches to the birds.
July 27, 2016
over 6 years ago