Elberta Peach

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Description

A famed peach for canning. Tree bears crops of large, attractive yellow fruit with a splash of crimson. Juicy, evenly yellow flesh is great for fresh-eating as well as freezing and canning for extended enjoyment. Originates from Marshallville, Georgia in 1870. Freestone. Ripens in September. Self-pollinating.

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Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink
Chill Hours 800
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 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

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.

Pollination

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I live in NE Wisconsin. All my fruit trees are Stark Bros. We're adding these to the orchard. Hoping all goes well
Jim P on Apr 3, 2021
It is freestone and also pest resistant.
Barbara S on Mar 25, 2021
I live in NE Wisconsin. All my fruit trees are Stark Bros. We're adding these to the orchard. Hoping all goes well
Jim P on Apr 3, 2021
When I was a child my family owned an Elberta peach tree, and the peaches were delicious! I'm looking forward to more delicious peaches!!!
Marilyn B on Mar 30, 2021
It is freestone and also pest resistant.
Barbara S on Mar 25, 2021
Smallest pit to fruit ratio. Prefer supreme as they tend to have less issues getting established.
Timothy D on Mar 21, 2021
Old standby I have grown before.
Sharon S on Mar 20, 2021
Zone
John P on Mar 20, 2021
Have eaten and enjoyed.
Steve on Mar 19, 2021
I am familiar with this peach. Elberta peaches are sought out as the best canning peaches around.
Kenneth W on Mar 18, 2021
Great late peach
Julia N on Mar 17, 2021
Like the taste
Grace R on Mar 17, 2021
We wanted a peach tree to show our grandchildren.
Mary W on Mar 14, 2021
We LOVE peaches in our house. Looking for a way to help meet some of that demand. I liked that the description talked about being a good fruit for canning. Haven't actually canned peaches yet, but looking forward to it.
Charlotte w on Mar 13, 2021
Chose a late ripening variety so the fruit will mature after the damn Japanese beetles peak!
Thomas S on Mar 11, 2021
Wanted great peaches
Billy E on Mar 6, 2021
Because you didnt have what I wanted. I wanted the white giant peach tree.
Larry H on Feb 28, 2021
I???ve always had goid luck with Elberta and live the flavor
Brenda B on Feb 25, 2021
replacing one that was blown down in A STORM
John C on Feb 6, 2021
a favorite variety of peach from my wife's childhood!
Jacob K on Feb 5, 2021
It appears to be a hardy peach that I would like and when it cross pollinates with the Cresthaven Peach both trees will get bigger and better fruit!
Clint G on Jan 17, 2021
Grandpa always had Elberta.
Kirk E on Jan 8, 2021
Enjoyed them when I was a boy growing up in Georgia.
Great fur eating fresh and making preserves, yum.
JAMES C on Dec 30, 2020
Common tree of my orchard.
Richard J on Dec 23, 2020
Classic.
Nathan on Dec 21, 2020
Love when it ripens, is hardy and tastes great. One of my favorite peaches.
JoAnn B on Oct 16, 2020
Last one ordered died
michael h on Oct 1, 2020
I needed a peach that was good for some 5 and this got the best flavor reviews.
Lacey M on Aug 1, 2020
My dog just shreaded the first one I bought from You last year
DON D on Jul 24, 2020
Our son moved near us, but uses our property for his garden. We have a peach tree that was already here when we bought the property. Our son asked if we could get another one so we are.
Mary S on Jul 14, 2020
Sweetness
Sara C on May 30, 2020
It was available at this late date
Cathleen C on May 29, 2020
It???s the best and I have been trying to get one for two years now
shelley s on May 28, 2020
Hope to have fresh peaches!
Rita J on May 27, 2020
heard it was the best
Debi S on May 25, 2020
Roberta peaches are the best for canning????.
Miranda K on May 24, 2020
Looking for variety of fruit trees.
Les W on May 23, 2020
in my opinion elberta peach is largest best tasting peach, I have tasted and picked
Jesus S on May 23, 2020
Love yellow flesh peaches and its a later harvest when we are guaranteed to be home.
Joseph D on May 1, 2020
Heirloom
Lacy R on Apr 30, 2020
I have planted the Elberta many times before and have always had good luck with them
ROBERT B on Apr 28, 2020
Best tasting peach , good for canning
Jerry K on Apr 25, 2020
I chose the Alberta peach as I already have one & it is gorgeous & produces a great peach
eileen m on Apr 25, 2020
I remember these peaches as a child. Freestone and needing younger peach trees

I also want to say that I think it's wrong to charge $27 plus dollars for bare root trees. These are going to weight like nothing and are not a fast shipping time but in 10 days. Thank you for listening.
Karen Z on Apr 22, 2020
I heard they were very good to eat!
Francis M on Apr 22, 2020
I have one that is leaning badly and may not last another year - so I wanted to get a replacement going.
Douglas S on Apr 13, 2020
One of my old Elberta Peach trees is getting old. I'm afraid it won't last many more years. I have loved the fruit off this tree and don't want to be without it. I'm planting ahead to have a continuous crop. Elbertas are the best.
Bret M on Apr 12, 2020
Stark Brothers is the only place I buy our fruit trees from. You might find cheaper, but you won't find quality like Stark. I've had issues before with new trees, and I could count on Stark Customer Service. Looking forward to planting these Elberta peach trees in Massachusetts!
Christopher S on Apr 4, 2020
The only one left
Waaldemar K on Apr 4, 2020
Favorite fruit
Lee M on Mar 31, 2020
I have had this peach before and liked it.
Albert C on Mar 31, 2020
Need to replace an old one
Thomas B on Mar 29, 2020
When I was a child my family owned an Elberta peach tree, and the peaches were delicious! I'm looking forward to more delicious peaches!!!
Marilyn B on Mar 30, 2021
Smallest pit to fruit ratio. Prefer supreme as they tend to have less issues getting established.
Timothy D on Mar 21, 2021
Can they be planted inside until fall?
Rebecca S on Apr 4, 2020
what is the size of Elberta peaches?
fruit man on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Usually between 2-3" in diameter, depending upon the sun, rain and fertilizer the tree receives.
What are late blooming varieties of peaches?
John N on Feb 24, 2020
Is this a disease resistance fruit tree?
Freddy on Jun 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is an heirloom tree which was originally bred before disease-resistance was discovered. With a regular spray program (either conventional or organic), you can keep most all problems at bay. The peaches are worth it; they're like no other.
do you have the dwarf size ?
michael b on Apr 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We are very sorry for the inconvenience but we will not have any dwarf peaches this year along with very few, if any, dwarf trees. Dwarf peach rootstock has been very hard to come by the last few years. We are hoping to secure some for the future.
what are chill hours?
Calvin on Dec 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This variety requires 800 chill hours.
When will more fruit tree options for spring be available?
Liisa N on Oct 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

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Is this tree genetically modified?
Sharon B on Oct 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Stark Bro???s does not knowingly grow or offer genetically engineered plants or trees. We either graft our trees or grow them from cuttings.
When does this peach tree start bearing fruit?
Lorie J on Aug 15, 2020
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. This is a later variety so its harvest is in September.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is it best to plant the Elberta tree in the fall or spring? I live in Arkansas, Zone 7
Thomas W on Jul 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I order and have a delayed delivery?
T F on May 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You may, however our bare root season is almost to an end. So please give us a call at 800-325-4180 to place your order and pick your delivery date.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Which rootstock do you use for peaches?
Hugh G on May 1, 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!
what is the root-stock of Elberta Queen semi-dwarf ?
Don S on Apr 24, 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!
Do you expect to have more 'Elberta' peaces for sale in 2020?
Tish P on Apr 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

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How big are the trees when shipped?
Reine S on Nov 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon which option you choose. Please see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu near the top of the page, which will show you the various sizes/options that are available.
are all elbertas the same? trying to buy one we had one years ago cant remember if it was elberta or early elberta it produced in aug, would that be an early elberta or elberta are these two the same?
mary m on Jun 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Elbertas are not all the same; there are about a dozen Elberta varieties. The Early Elberta would not ripen in August. Elberta Queen does. Burbank July Elberta ripens in July (of course!) and the regular Elberta ripens in late July early August, depending upon where you live.
Was the Alberta Peach named in honor of Elbert W Kirkpatrick, McKinney,
TX?
Gary G on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's actually spelled "Elberta" and it was developed by Samuel Rumph, a great Georgia horticulturist. It was named after his wife's middle name, which was Clara Elberta Rumph.
Did Luther Burbank develop the Elberta Peach tree?
Gary G on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, Samuel Rumph did. Luther Burbank developed the Burbank??? July Elberta Peach, maybe that's what you're thinking of.

Customer Reviews

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Great Tree!
First time, I planted 3 Elberta trees in the spring time and they all died. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Stark Bro’s fault because I think the trees were not water enough throughout the long hot summer season. However, I’m persistent and wanted to learn from my mistakes. I learned from other peach growers that for best results is to plant the young peach tree in the fall season. And so, I ordered 3 more Elberta trees and planted them in the fall season, and this made a world of difference for the young trees. I learned that during the winter, the young trees were not wasting energy growing leaves during the freezing winter. The trees were more focused on growing its roots in the ground which enabled the top part to grow very well the following spring & summer months. I was so impressed with the vigorous growth. My tree grew from a skinny little twig of 3-4 feet in height to a height of 12 feet in the first season! The trunk grew so thick(about 1.5 inches in diameter). In the first spring season, the trees produced very few flowers, and a late cold snap killed the flowers anyway. So no fruit. I live in middle Georgia (8b) with lots of acidic red clay soil (pH = 5.5). The soil was amended before planting the young trees. Now, this 2019 spring season, the peach trees are blooming the most beautiful light pink flowers with bees all over them. I can't wait to taste the fruit later this season.
March 10, 2019
First year 48 peaches.
I loved that we got fruit the first year and they tasted wonderful.
October 26, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Looking good
These were the first I ordered from Stark brothers and I was surprised to basically just see a stick with some roots on it. Nevertheless, I followed the soaking instructions and planted them. It looked comical at first to see what looked like sticks in a circle of mulch, but VERY quickly the little sticks sprouted leaves and tiny branches. They are doing very well and I am looking forward to see how well they produce fruit in a few years.
June 11, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
With Trees as in real estate the most important thing is location.
I have had several Elbertas over the years and enjoyed success with them but never had as beautiful a pink bloom before as the one I got 9 years ago. I had moved to a new location that was mostly hillside and planted it on a terrace with mostly clay soil just to the south of a nearby line of mature oaks, a black locust and white pines. For three years I nursed the tree with frequent watering but the mature trees roots took all the water that did not run off down the hillside and the stunted tree barely grew at all. Then I transplanted it to a more level location well away from other trees which has about 18 inches of loamy soil. The tree has had explosive growth, is very productive and is quite attractive. The fruit is large and flavorful with a very small pit. I never had to water it in the new location and would recommend this tree to anyone who can provide a suitable soil and environment for it. The fruit is large enough it tends to fall from the tree when ripe so be prepared to pick a few up and eat them for breakfast because they will not last long on the ground.
April 15, 2019
Impressive
This little peach tree has more than doubled in size since we put it in the ground last year. It did bloom its little heart out this year but I would not allow them to go to peaches. I wanted a stronger tree so I cut the blooms off this year.
May 31, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Elberta Peach
This tree has done very well from the start, and continues to grow well. It had several blossoms and even has produced 13 small peaches from them. I think all but four have since fallen off. I am leaving them on to see what happens, but I feel they will fall off as well. This is only the second spring for it as well, but it may have been "on the lot" longer than the other trees. LOL anyway it is doing great and likes it's spot and weather as well. Highly recommended.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
doing well in 8b
The plant came well wrapped and in excellent condition. My plant is still a way from fruiting but is coming along nicely.
May 6, 2017
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Too soon to know.
My Elberta tree is just one year old. It is still just a stick. It looked great last fall; small, but it had leaves.
This spring it produced new leaves. But after a few weeks the leaves withered up and died. Those little branches have died. New leaves have since come on in different areas of the tree. I don't think the tree had too much or too little water. I hope it improves with time. I love Elberta peaches, but my little tree won't be producing for several years.
May 24, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Did not survive.
Despite my best efforts last season, my tree did not survive. Sad....I was so looking forward to watching it grow. Maybe I'll have luck some other time. It was a hot summer, but I gave it very good care.
May 15, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Died
Tree died within 6 months. Bought the duces kit with the trees and did everything they said but tree died within 6 months
June 14, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your tree. Please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement/refund information.
July 12, 2016
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