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Our hardiest peach tree. This tree produces a heavy crop of fruit as far north as Canada, even after frigid winters. Perfect for northern fruit gardens! Fruit is medium-to-large with a sweet, peachy flavor. Features a flush of pink flowers in spring. Originates from New Hampshire in 1964. Cold-hardy. Freestone. Ripens in early August. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Mild
Texture Soft, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

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!

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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
Who knew that you could grow such gorgeous peaches in Wisconsin. For two years in a row, I have been harvesting more than a bushel of peaches from my Stark Bros peaches and they are hale and hearty. The peaches are delicious. I froze a large portion for winter smoothies. My family ate every single peach on that tree!
CHARLES W on Jan 25, 2018
I have had a reliance peach tree for years & it has always had peaches on it. It's a wonderful tree but is getting old & may not last too long now. Am thinking I should fertilize it to help it along. I will plant this new one close by just in case.
Patricia C on Dec 27, 2017
Who knew that you could grow such gorgeous peaches in Wisconsin. For two years in a row, I have been harvesting more than a bushel of peaches from my Stark Bros peaches and they are hale and hearty. The peaches are delicious. I froze a large portion for winter smoothies. My family ate every single peach on that tree!
CHARLES W on Jan 25, 2018
I moved and I am replacing reliance peach trees that were at my prior home. Two years ago four reliance trees were so Loaded I had to thin them 3x to keep the limbs from breaking.
Betty L G on Jan 17, 2018
I have had a reliance peach tree for years & it has always had peaches on it. It's a wonderful tree but is getting old & may not last too long now. Am thinking I should fertilize it to help it along. I will plant this new one close by just in case.
Patricia C on Dec 27, 2017
I have this peach and the flavor of the peach is divine!
Carol B on Jun 20, 2017
I've had this type of tree before, and it produced excellent peaches!
Thomas M on Jun 14, 2017
Reliance peach trees survive and are prolific producers in Iowa weather. My first is still alive and producing after many years. Time to order another.
William L on May 7, 2017
Grows well in our cold climate, with great success
KEVIN R on Apr 15, 2017
Winter hardiness in northern IA
Leslie L on Apr 7, 2017
I already have one and like it enough to want another.
eugene g on Apr 1, 2017
Excellent all-around peach. Only one of two I've had success with!
Marla H on Mar 28, 2017
Cold Hardy and ripening time
Richard N on Mar 4, 2017
We have had Reliance peach trees in the past. They live up to their name and produce regularly. The peaches are delicious and juicy.
Judith P on Feb 28, 2017
We live in a very cold climate and need a hardy tree.
LORNA T O on Feb 24, 2017
Recommended by a friend; few varieties hardy for zone 4
Tom G on Feb 23, 2017
I have had a Reliance peach for 10+ years now. Produces beautiful peaches where I live. Ripens mid-August. I do fight disease but is a resilient tree. I needed a replacement.
Rick V on Feb 18, 2017
I had one before that was damaged in a storm and loved it.
DIANE W on Oct 11, 2016
late harvest time
JERRY A on Oct 7, 2016
Have grown successfully in the past.
Emily C on Sep 19, 2016
We planted this peach where we lived before and loved it! Did well even in an area prone to late spring frosts. Had an abundance of peaches in the 3rd year and had to pick some off the small tree to keep it from breaking. Can't wait for it to produce in our new location!
Lauri H on Aug 30, 2016
Self-pollinating and right for our region. I hope.
Kevin J on Aug 24, 2016
Who can resist a Northern Peach tree???? Especially a Dwarf!
Julia U on Jul 24, 2016
I've had this tree before and like the peaches.
Marlene T on Jun 2, 2016
Supposedly good in Colorado
Joseph Z on May 22, 2016
good cold tolerance and am anxious to see how it produces in zone 4B
Janet S on May 20, 2016
because although I live in zone 5a I have experienced below -20 temps herre at least 2 times since 1975. I want to be sure my tree lives through such a frost.
carole c on May 16, 2016
I have one and it has produced very well. It's all about the last freeze on if it will give up the fruit.
Phillip P on May 12, 2016
its dwarf. room is of great importance
Charles R on May 10, 2016
Cold hardy, ripens in early Aug.
Theresa C on May 4, 2016
I have one that has born fruit for many years that has died. It tasted good and like it's name it was reliable.
ROBERT G on Apr 30, 2016
Self pollinating, reviewed to be highly tolerant to late frost, and have great peach flavor.
Elise I on Apr 30, 2016
i have had reliance before-but lost one in an .exceptionally cold winter in 2015
my brother has 2 trees in Rochester, NY and between our 3 trees we canned about 100 pints in addition to peach jam and eating them fresh. I sometimes add orange juice to the thin syrup. My grand children love yogurt smoothies with peaches.
melinda k on Apr 29, 2016
was told this was a good tree for MN colder climate
Ann L on Apr 28, 2016
This variety of peach says it is hardy to at least zone 4, which is unusual for a peach, and it is self polinating.
Nicholas E on Apr 27, 2016
Because of how hardy the tree is
Michelle W on Apr 21, 2016
We LOVE fresh peaches, and like to grow our own fruit. We seem to be in a colder area than our zone would indicate, so we were pleased to see that this variety of peach should not be bothered by our cold winters.
NADINE T on Apr 19, 2016
Previously had 5 and they had peaches on 2 year. Lost all 5 due to bad record cold here in U.P of Mi (-30 for almost 2 weeks) and that year even scarred some mature apple trees and even lost zone 3 apple trees. Replanted one and it did good last year so thought I would give it one more try.
Derek F on Apr 8, 2016
high freeze resistance--necessary in central il
john t on Apr 6, 2016
I chose this because it originated from our home state and will be planted in Bend Oregon in memory of my nephew .
Joanna S on Apr 4, 2016
Very Hardy fruit if pruned correct, large crop every year here in Joliet Illinois had this variety for 7 plus years and still produces a large crop year after year. Great for eating fresh and for making pies. I have the room so planting another tree this year.
James S on Mar 31, 2016
I had one before and it was wonderful.
Jo S on Mar 22, 2016
Excellent flavor, and very cold resistant.
NANCY Z on Mar 22, 2016
Have had success with reliance in the past. Good flavor.
Jochen W on Mar 13, 2016
Ozark Prairie Master Gardener recommended for my Missouri Ozark Orchards.
Mary S on Mar 11, 2016
Wanted a freestone dwarf tree
Debra D on Mar 9, 2016
reliability of a crop
JIM M on Feb 18, 2016
I moved and I am replacing reliance peach trees that were at my prior home. Two years ago four reliance trees were so Loaded I had to thin them 3x to keep the limbs from breaking.
Betty L G on Jan 17, 2018
I have this peach and the flavor of the peach is divine!
Carol B on Jun 20, 2017
This last year all my peaches got some type of mold growing on them, do you now what this might have been and how can I keep it from reoccurring this year?
Anna H on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Probably brown rot (a common fungal issue for peach trees growing in humid areas). This article should help:
How much wind can the peach trees stand?
Heather L on Jun 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Iowa in a rural area and we can go as low as minus 30 degrees and my peaches have made it through w/out any issues. With this cold, the wind is blowing hard. We also have had gusts of 60 mph in summer. I have a one year old tree as well as a 5 year old tree. Both are loaded with new peaches this year.
What other tree would be good to plant with a reliance peach.?
Chris J on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you are in a colder climate, try a Contender peach. They flower at the same time as Reliance and are a bit more cold hardy.
Should peaches be thinned out early in growth stage?
Skip S on Aug 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, if you want a good crop of decent-sized peaches. If you skip the thinning step, you will have a lot of fruit drop, the peaches you do have will be small, and the tree may even skip bearing next year because it's "worn out" from expending so much energy on so many fruits. Here is a very good article about thinning fruit: //
We have had a Reliance Peach for years until a storm took it down. Our main problem was trying to keep the squirrels away from it.

Do you have any suggestions?
Shirley s on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: So far I have not successfully kept those critters out of my fruit trees. The love peaches and apples. I have thought of covering trees with some sort of net, but i think that would only deter birds.

Sorry I cannot provde a guaranteed solution.
After one month in the ground, my bare root tree has small leaves, but they have become dis colored and curling. Could this be peach leaf curl already? I don't believe water is the issue, if anything they may have been getting too much water as it stormed here(SF, SD 4b) for the last two weeks
Mark H on Jun 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You need to be sure that your soil drains well. If not , the roots will sit in water and they will die. I have had that happen too many times here in AR. No problem with that in WY. Moving to KS soon and hoping for much better results there.
Can I plant reliance peaches in November in Chicago? Worried they may not service winter
Kids12 on Sep 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Reliance is suitable for your zone. Try to plant as early as possible to give the roots a chance to establish before a killing freeze sets in.
Some of the peaches on our peach tree have split at the stem and exposed the inside to insect intrusion. What can be done to prevent this? R on Aug 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Peaches have a tendency to split if the trees have a lot of rain after a hot, dry period. However, not all is a loss. If the fruit is mature, just cut out the bad portion and enjoy making your favorite fruit recipe.
I bought one of these tress from you about 5 years ago and it died last fall because of peach tree borers. I am about to order another one. The peaches were awesome! Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid peach tree borers?
Brendan G on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If the issue is with borers like lesser peachtree borer that can affect certain fruit trees at the root/crown level, then Bonide?? Fruit Tree Spray or GardenTech?? Sevin?? list control of this pest on their labels. If it is a different type of root borer, you may want to seek advice from your local county cooperative extension for identification and control.
Is this a good canning variety of peach?
Donna K on Jan 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Reliance is an excellent freestone peach for canning. The peaches, in my experience, tend to run slightly smaller than say a Elberta or Red Haven if the fruit isn't thinned a bit.
How many years does this tree live? (Reliance & Contendor Peach)
Nikki S on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, which is somewhat difficult to answer because its life span is so dependent upon so many things: the weather, pest/critters/diseases that might affect it, the way the tree is cared for, and where it's located. On average, a peach tree produces well for 12 years, but if conditions are right, some will bear longer.

Customer Reviews

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Great Peach, especially for northern Illinois
Have grown this variety for a long time with great success (have 5 trees). Planted the new one last year and it looks great this year with lots of baby peaches. Picked them all off to put the energy into the tree growth but expect a big harvest next year. Everyone I talk to says you can't grow peaches in northern Illinois but when I hand them a big juicy peach they believe. Reliance is a great eating peach and even better for pies. For pies they freeze very well and taste great on a cold January day....
June 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Reliance Peach
So far so good! I planted it last spring and it lived through the winter in Hailey, Idaho. We are 5,000 feet elevation with harsh winters. Sun Valley Ski Resort is just 12 miles up the road. I thought I would try it because peaches are not supposed to grow in our area.
May 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
great peach
Over several years we have had several peach trees. It survives the best of any in our growing zone between 4 and 5. The flavor is great, they are very juicy and sought out by our friends. We have recommended them to several people.
May 9, 2016
over 3 years ago
Received in great condition. grew quickly first year. Winter hardy, and had to thin lots of peaches this season. Haven't tasted any yet.
May 11, 2016
over 3 years ago
Healthy Tree
We have this peach for 3 years. We live in zone 3.9. The tree seems hardy with vigorous new growth, but we are waiting for the first blossoms. The cold winters here has not seemed to affect its rowth
May 6, 2016
over 3 years ago
Well, it survived the Chicago winter, had 2 little fruits the second year and there are blossoms on it again.
May 7, 2016
over 4 years ago
Always reliable
Live at 6000 feet, high desert sagebrush country, with the worst soil/ground ever encountered. Long cold winters with lots of wind, short hot summers with wind, very little spring or fall. My neighbors, 20-mile radius, thought I was nuts planting peaches. Have been purchasing trees from Starks exclusively and they never fail me. This tree is amazing. Have several. Handles the weather and has produced a crop every year even when other trees blossoms froze. Now a number of neighbors have achieved the same result. I buy the supreme dwarf. Seems to save a year and is easy to maintain, pruning and picking. Can't go wrong with this one.
April 3, 2017
1 year ago
I live in an area of west michigan where we can have warm weeks early in spring followed by a good freeze. This tree so far has weathered through the fluctuations and flowered. Its still too young to bear fruit but so far, healthy tree.
May 7, 2016
over 3 years ago
Reliance Peach
My peach looks very healthy. No blossoms but may be too young. Hoping for fruit next year. Shipment was fast and well packaged. Would do business again with Stark Bros.
May 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
I have had my dwarf Reliance peach for 2 years. It had about 10 blossoms this year - all killed by 24 degree nights at full bloom. Reliance is reported to be one the hardiest -but similar age Finger Lakes (also hardy) had equal blossoms with 2 to set peaches. 3 yr old Redhaven had about 50% fruit set and 4 yr old Intrepid had 50% fruit set and 6 yr old Elberta Early had 30% fruit set this year. Young tree - bad year, but so far the least hardy. All trees had about the same blossom stage when less than freezing nights occurred. I was expecting 100% kill - so overall I'm happy with the peach production this year.
May 5, 2016
over 3 years ago
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