Contact Us800.325.4180Live Chat Free shipping on orders over $80 & $9.99 flat-rate shipping! Quick Order

Reliance Peach

This item is out of stock.

Supplies are limited so make sure you don't miss out next time by having us automatically notify you when it becomes available again.

Description

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 July. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
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, Mild
Texture Soft, Juicy
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

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'

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

Estimated Delivery Date

You don't pay until it ships.

We work hard to make sure that your order arrives at the ideal time for planting in your location. That's why we only ship living products during certain times of the year. Order now and your credit card won't be charged until your climate is suitable for planting success and your order is shipped.

Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

Every order comes with our promise of satisfaction. If you aren't completely satisfied with your order, let us know within one year for a free one-time replacement or refund.

Tags

We've 'tagged' this item with specific keywords that help you find other products that share features or characteristics with this one. Select a tag below to view all the items that have that particular trait.

Questions & Answers

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 22 questions Browse 22 questions and 94 answers
Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because I live in Minnesota and it appears that is the only peach tree that grows in Minnesota.
Oscar M on Aug 1, 2019
I had this Peach at my previous home. It bore Peaches 2nd year, and I needed branch supports. It bore very heavily, sweet peaches.
JOSEPH B on Jul 10, 2019
Because I live in Minnesota and it appears that is the only peach tree that grows in Minnesota.
Oscar M on Aug 1, 2019
The taste
Alberto V on Jul 18, 2019
I had this Peach at my previous home. It bore Peaches 2nd year, and I needed branch supports. It bore very heavily, sweet peaches.
JOSEPH B on Jul 10, 2019
Hope to grow in zone 4
Gloria S on Jul 5, 2019
Suggested for new growers.
Crystal Y on May 12, 2019
Cold resistance and superior flavor.
MARTHA B on May 11, 2019
Reliance should be able to handle our Wisconsin winters
Paul T on Apr 30, 2019
Recommended
Barbara S on Apr 29, 2019
Early production, abundant crops, super hardy
Philip C on Apr 22, 2019
Hardy and a very good sized peach with excellent flavor
Thomas V on Apr 21, 2019
cold zone
ELLEN H on Apr 20, 2019
Based on friend???s recommendation
Susan V on Apr 20, 2019
I am new to fruit production. I think the Reliance is very hardy for my location.
John B on Apr 4, 2019
For the cold hardiness.
Yvonne C on Mar 30, 2019
I wanted a cold weather peach.
Kurt W on Mar 21, 2019
Cold hardy with great taste.
Richard P on Mar 12, 2019
We live in the Olympic Pennisula and this tree is cold hardy.
Lavonne G on Mar 5, 2019
It was a good choice for my region
Nicole K on Mar 3, 2019
Great peach, large, free stone
CARL V on Feb 21, 2019
The description of this peach said it was freestone, self-pollinating, sweet, and cold hardy - though we have short winters, it can get cold here. We are first time fruit tree growers and hope this dwarf tree does well.
PAULA L on Feb 11, 2019
Cold hardy
Jim on Feb 3, 2019
Cold hardiness and flavor
Cynthia G on Feb 2, 2019
I purchased this long ago and the flavor is just incomparable.
Ron M on Jan 16, 2019
Have one...and the best peaches I've ever had in my life!
MARTHA C on Jan 9, 2019
Late bloom
Randy J on Dec 26, 2018
Its a self pollinator and I have limited space.
Karen H on Dec 16, 2018
This is a quality peach
JAMES J on Nov 7, 2018
Hardiness
James D on Aug 28, 2018
We already have one and it's awesome
Sandy L on Aug 22, 2018
Good hardiness for the cold winters.
Cheryl P on Jul 14, 2018
Cold hardy
JOHN M on Jun 27, 2018
Have had this variety before and LOVE it! Prolific producer, and time to replace the old trees.
Mindy R on May 14, 2018
I grew them years ago and had great luck with them ,very hardy,great producers and great flavor////
Gordon T on May 14, 2018
We had a Reliance Peach tree for many years and it produced very good peaches so we wanted another one
Thomas P on May 9, 2018
Hardiness Zone, there are not a lot of options for Zone 4 and depending on the year, we can see Zone 3 temperatures.
Tara R on May 4, 2018
I chose this peach because it is cold tolerant and I live in MN.
CAROL P on Apr 29, 2018
Bacterial leaf spot resistance
Laura G on Apr 28, 2018
I purchased two peach trees a few years ago and this one gave me an abundance of peaches this year!
Perin G on Apr 18, 2018
Outstanding fruit, large quantities and very sweet. This will be our 2nd tree so we can share with family and friends.
TIMOTHY J on Apr 5, 2018
We grew Reliance at our former home and decided to grow it again at our new place. We grow organically and this tree performed admirably under those conditions with no disease whatsoever. The peaches are on the softer side, they tend to go mealy if you leave them on the tree to ripen. Instead pick a couple days early and ripen on your counter. They are juicy and sweet with an intense peachy flavor. Our 4 year old dwarf tree produced a bumper crop last year, with plenty to can.
Whitney H on Mar 15, 2018
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
The taste
Alberto V on Jul 18, 2019
Hope to grow in zone 4
Gloria S on Jul 5, 2019
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: Sounds like Brown rot. I prune heavy to increase airflow, I typically don't let 2 peaches touch (I find that the rot gets started b/w them) and spray Captan a couple times once they start to develop color. AIRFLOW is the key.
How much wind can the peach trees stand?
Heather L on Jun 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The wind is not a problem as long as you reduce the amount of fruit on each branch. I tend to not remove enough and branches break regularly. I keep trying all kinds of tricks including bracing branches with 2X4's
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.
Are these free stone?
Karen B on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are.
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.
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.
Is The Reliance Peach trees resistant to leaf curl?
Chuck W on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The research shows it to be somewhat resistant to leaf curl. Leaf curl can largely be prevented by good sanitation practices in the fall - picking up leaf debris and not letting it overwinter, and pruning properly to allow for good air circulation, Bonide Copper Fungicide is a good preventive measure to keep leaf curl at bay: //www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/bonide-copper-fungicide/
Should peaches be thinned out early in growth stage?
Skip S on Aug 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes absolutely., if you do not thin out you will get very small peaches. If you thin out you will get bigget sweetet peaches. I thin put so that they are at least 4 fingers apart.
Is this tree deer resistant?
Yvonne S on May 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, no peach tree is deer-resistant. You can proactively prevent deer from eating tender growth and fruit by netting/fencing the tree and/or using a deer repellent.
Can this be grown without any treatments or sprays?
Erin B on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Anything can be grown as organically as you wish. We carrt a number of biological treatments for pests and disease that are approved for organic gardening. You can click this link to see them. Look for the Bonide products: //www.starkbros.com/search?query=organic
Hi I have a Saturn Peach Tree I bought from you a few years back. It's mate broke in a heavy storm and died last year. Could I plant a Reliance Peach Tree as a pollinator for the Saturn Peach? Thanks.
Paula S on Feb 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: While both varieties are self-pollinating, they do bloom at approximately the same time and will "boost" the size and quantity of the fruit on both trees if planted near one another.
Is the reliance peach an heirloom or hybrid?
Stephanie C on Jun 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is a hybrid that was developed at the University of New Hampshire.
is the reliance peach a white or yellow peach?
Linn D on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Reliance is a yellow-fleshed peach.
Is this a white peach?
reggie on Mar 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it's not - the flesh is bright yellow.
Can I plant reliance peaches in November in Chicago? Worried they may not service winter
Midwest rehab 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?
chr45@myfairpoint.net 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

4.5 / 5.0
118 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
80
22
9
3
4
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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Amazing!!!!
I had 14 peaches make it to complete juice-running-down-your-chin ripeness. Started off with almost 3 dozen....Did I mention I planted my tree a year ago and it is over 9 feet tall.? I was impressed that I had LARGE peaches that made it through South Dakota wind storms and heat and drought. I can't wait for next year!
November 13, 2016
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 2 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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Reliable
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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Reliance
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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Hardiness?
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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
peachy
Well, it survived the Chicago winter, had 2 little fruits the second year and there are blossoms on it again.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago