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Intrepid Peach

Item #136291, Standard, EZ Start®. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® Pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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The perfect cobbler peach. The sweet, yellow-fleshed fruit from this tree is a great choice for baking as well as fresh-eating, canning, and freezing. Tree blooms late to avoid spring frost zaps and can withstand freezing temperatures at half- to full-bloom with minimal damage. Also disease-resistant to bacterial leaf spot. Introduced circa 1999. Cold-hardy. Freestone. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest 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 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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.


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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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Best peach I have found that will grow in zone 6B.
Ken on Jul 5, 2020
I have 3 peach trees, different varieties. Wanted to add a 4th.
Anthony L on Jun 22, 2020
Best peach I have found that will grow in zone 6B.
Ken on Jul 5, 2020
It has great reviews and Stark Bros. stands behind all of their products. One of my peach trees did not survive (my fault) so this is the replacement.
Tammi S on Jun 24, 2020
I have 3 peach trees, different varieties. Wanted to add a 4th.
Anthony L on Jun 22, 2020
i have one presently and it is a good cold hardy peach earlier than most and stretches out the season..
Larry K on Jun 18, 2020
Cold hardy blooms late which is perfect for my cold mountain springs
Melissa M on Sep 17, 2019
Hardy to my zone 5
Kevin O on Aug 10, 2019
cold hardy peach that blooms late but ripens in July
Eda A on Feb 25, 2019
cold hardiness, flavor, possible roadside sales
Darin E on Feb 24, 2019
Self fertile, cold hardy, ripening and blooming time
Moriah L on Feb 4, 2019
fewer diseases
Geoffrey G on Dec 11, 2018
color, blooms tolerate frost in spring and cold tolerance
Ronda C on Sep 4, 2018
Cold hardy and many positive reviews on taste and disease resistance
TRAVIS K on Jun 18, 2018
I purchased this Intrepid peach tree about one year ago and I'm delighted with its growth and I'm just waiting for the fruits.
QUINTON B on Apr 17, 2017
I chose this for the yellow-fleshed fruit, the hardy nature of the tree, the good reviews, and the hope to fulfill my dream of having a peach tree here in Pennsylvania :)
Jordan B on Apr 13, 2017
Peaches are hard for our area because of late frost. This variety is recommended.
Jacob S on Mar 19, 2017
Later blooming - misses late frost .
JANET J on Mar 10, 2017
I planted one 10 years ago and it has done great in South Dakota. I have bushels of peaches. I can, freeze, and eat. I am sending one to my daughter.
Dawn H on Feb 18, 2017
This peach is self-pollinating and has a resistance to late frost as reported by our extension agency.
MILES R on Feb 18, 2017
I picked this item because it seems hardy. People also say it it reliable and delicious.
Casey K on Jan 17, 2017
growing season matched my busy season for my business.
DIANA P on Jan 2, 2017
Cold hardy and disease resistant
Adam M on Oct 25, 2016
later fruit harvest than the ones i allready have
JERRY A on Oct 7, 2016
Withstands frost
Zac R on Sep 23, 2016
Beautiful delicious peach that is cold hardy. Planted this tree where we used to live and had nice big peaches in a couple of years. Tolerant to late spring frosts. Looking forward to planting again in our new location!
Lauri H on Aug 30, 2016
We seem to be plagued with late frosts in our area. I am in hopes that Intrepid will allow us to get peaches, as the peaches in the store are very disappointing.
Henry N on Aug 24, 2016
Hardiness zone, disease resistance and early ripening.
ROBERT R on Mar 4, 2016
Peaches are my personal favorite fruit and we are up to about 20 trees. This looks like a great one, so it has to be next.
Robert C. on Feb 20, 2016
It has great reviews and Stark Bros. stands behind all of their products. One of my peach trees did not survive (my fault) so this is the replacement.
Tammi S on Jun 24, 2020
i have one presently and it is a good cold hardy peach earlier than most and stretches out the season..
Larry K on Jun 18, 2020
if I get a dwarf peach tree it grows to 8 to 10 feet tall can I keep it shorter than that with out killing it and if I can how short would be ok? thanks
sherri b on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A great little book for keeping fruit bearing trees small and manageable is Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph. I bought it used but only because I didn't realize Stark Bros sells it until after my order arrived. I realized keeping it small was important when I noticed how tall and out of reach a neighbors Contender peach grew in a year.
can this tree be grown and cared for organically?
j c on Mar 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I would say it can be. If you live in the eastern half of the United States, you will still probably have to spray your tree, but I believe you can do that organically. I don't have experience growing this (or any peach) in the western U.S. or overseas.
This is my second summer with the Intrepid peach. It grew to probably 15' tall it's first year, but I pruned it down to the vase-shape for this year. Now I've already had hundreds of pink blossoms, which are all turning into baby peaches! Should I pinch some off? How do I decide which to pinch off? Rookie gardener here. Thanks.
STEVE R on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes you will need to pinch off enough peaches so your branches will be strong enough when the fruit matures. I don't know if there is any real way to tell which ones to pinch, just decide how many you think the branches will take. Mine after about three years was loaded and the wind split my tree so my husband lifted it and tied it back and it took hold and is loaded with buds again so will have the culling chore too. Good luck Marcene
What type of peach will match Florida??
Neil M on Jul 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
How to keep worms out of peaches?
Chuck D on Jun 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Sprays of dormant oil, narrow range oil or pesticides formulated with spinosad while the peach trees are in their dormant stage should be followed by sprays in early spring that target the larvae. A spray of spinosad or Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) while the tree is in bloom is effective on young larvae

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will this peach be available very soon this year 2020?
Kim P on Apr 22, 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!

It???s now September and my peaches have yet to ripen why?
Carol K on Sep 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It's likely due a late spring bloom, late frost or irregular weather pattern where you live. It's possible they didn't get enough sun, or you didn't thin the fruit. You might also do a soil test to see if you're missing nutrients. Any/all of these things could contribute to a crop of peaches that won't ripen.
Will the Intrepid peach pollinate with the reliance?
Jordan on Jun 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have a similar bloom time.
The intrepid, when it blooms will it still set fruit even in a hard frost or killing freeze?
DONALD S on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: As with any fruit tree, if a hard frost kills the blossoms, there is no way for the tree to produce any fruit. If the blossoms survive the frost, the tree can still produce.
Will you have more of these intrepid peach trees this spring?
Jackie M on Apr 24, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Best peach for cold country
This has been the only peach that we have been able to grow here. We have very cold/long winters(-30 for weeks) the tree grows fast and has beautiful pink blossoms in the the spring. The peaches are wonderful and can or feeze well. This is the best peach period for cold areas.
May 29, 2016
over 5 years ago
I live in mid-Missouri and these trees do well. Right now they are 2 1\2 years old and are already 8+ft tall they have quite a few little peaches (hurray!). Unlike all the other trees they have ABSOLUTELY no problem. No bugs. No fungus. Nothing! Which is really important to me because i try to go Organic.
By the way, despite we had a lot of weird cold weather none of the blossoms seemed to be effected. The blossoms were beautiful!
Cannot wait to eat one!
May 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
My Intrepid Peach truly is. It has to be in order to grow at 6200' above sea level and survive our horrible winds. Not only did it grow, it blossomed! After just one year it is 18 inches taller and loaded with beautiful pink blossoms. Remarkable! Peaches in Wyoming!
May 21, 2016
over 5 years ago
This is a great flavorful peach of firm texture and delicate skin. Great eating or for pie. Plant different species to cross pollinate and get a better yield.
Because of the cold in northern Illinois, we do not get peaches every year so when we do, we value them especially.
July 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
So Far So Good
Got this tree in the mail..typical "stick", put it in the ground last year and it's taken off like there's no tomorrow. First year in the ground, it already doubled in size and leafed out nicely. This is the second year in the ground now, and I already have 5 or 6 peaches that are growing on it. Very impressed and looking forward to what next year will bring in comparison
May 25, 2016
over 5 years ago
Iffy survival in zone 4
Did beautifully the summer I planted it, but utterly dead after the first winter in zone 4b. Since they are (rightly) shipped dormant, the one-year guarantee is gone by the time spring rolls around. Really disappointed. Could be a fluke that it died, but definitely keep a really close eye on the warrantee expiration date and check the tree LONG before it is supposed to start budding!
May 21, 2016
over 5 years ago
Intrepid Peach
My dwarf Intrepid Peach trees grew a lot their first season (2015). In March 2016, I pruned the trees to 6 main branches on 2 levels. The trees bloomed in April but the weather discouraged fruit set (thankfully since they probably shouldn't bear for at least another year.) The trees are doing really well.

I am interested in getting advice on 2 issues: watering and pest control. Using the Netafim drip system, the trees are watered 3 days/wk. I have not taken any pest control measures so far.
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Slow to Get Moving
Last year I bought three fruit trees - this is the only one to do simply anything! It has been really slow to do much of anything at all - last year the leaves were teeny tiny and did not mature. I have high hopes that this year will see a difference. Not sure why Stark Bros. trees are underperforming for me this time around but I simply cannot afford to waste more money trying their products. Trees purchased years ago are real winners but last year - nothing. So sorry.
May 21, 2016
over 5 years ago
intrepid peach tree
the peach tree seemed to settle right in after arriving and planting it took right off and grew several inches the first year. After making it through the winter this spring it leafed right out and bloomed a is doing just great. I would recommend this tree to anyone I cannot wait to have fresh peaches
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Lived through the winter on the boundary of Michigan an Canada.
This was my last chance to try for peach trees. I live in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. I've tried Peaches for 3 or 4 years and have lost them all over the winters until this year. I have my fingers crossed.
November 2, 2016
over 5 years ago