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Reliance Peach

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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 July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Time Late
Chill Hours 1000
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'


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!

Related Assortments

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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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I???ve had one of these for several years and it???s time to start a backup
Bernard A on Mar 1, 2020
Because they do great in my climate
RONALD P on Feb 11, 2020
I???ve had one of these for several years and it???s time to start a backup
Bernard A on Mar 1, 2020
replacement for tree planted last year
LARRY B on Feb 17, 2020
Because they do great in my climate
RONALD P on Feb 11, 2020
Live in zone 5a, looking for cold-hardy variety
Eric O on Feb 9, 2020
Cold hardy for Colorado.
Kevin on Feb 9, 2020
Couldn't find a Dwarf in stock.
Forrest E on Jan 29, 2020
Cold-hardy variety should work for Kansas.
Crystal C on Jan 26, 2020
Good producer for zone 5 as well as being very sweet
Sean C on Jan 20, 2020
Maryland extension service recommended variety
Bruce R on Jan 10, 2020
I have grown this peach before. It is excellent. Had space for another peach tree and chose this based on past positive experience.
SUSAN M on Jan 3, 2020
ANTHONY S on Dec 18, 2019
cold hary peach fost get a lot at bloom time
Johann F on Nov 7, 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
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 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
James 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
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////
gordy 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
replacement for tree planted last year
LARRY B on Feb 17, 2020
Live in zone 5a, looking for cold-hardy variety
Eric O on Feb 9, 2020
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: 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: My 2 dogs keep the squirrels at bay :)
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: //
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: //
Do cold hardy peach tree varieties come in dwarf rootstock or only standard?
Samantha Q on Mar 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. The dwarf root stock is not available this spring, these are only offered in a standard size which reach 12-15 feet in maturity.
william P on Feb 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We usually only offer dwarf or standard peaches, not semi-dwarf. And unfortunately, we are out of stock of all dwarfs this season.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
when will dwarf be available?
Ronald S on Feb 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We are very sorry to report that we are currently out of stock for our spring 2020 shipping season. Please sign up for a notification so you'l be one of the first notified when they become available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Did I miss this information somewhere? big/tall is this sapling/tree as ordered?
robert w on Jan 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The size varies by the options available to ship season to season. You'll find the ship size by selecting the option menu.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I live in south east Idaho and would like the smallest reliable peach tree ?
g b on Nov 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I am entering my second winter with 2 Reliance peach trees - last winter was
harsh and both trees died back to main stem - I trimmed them and they put out new branches and look good going into this winter - I would say that I am testing it at zone 4a hardiness zone - would limit it to 4b & warmer.
I can't speak to peach production yet
Does the reliance peach tree come in miniature size?
Robert P on Nov 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Robert - Unfortunately, we do not offer a miniature peach at this time. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
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? 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 5 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 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
over 5 years ago
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
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
over 3 years 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
No go for zone 4A
After two unsuccessful tries to grow these trees I have given up and realized it just isn't meant to be. Reliance peach trees do well for the first spring and summer but die in winter. I followed all planting instructions and recommendations and the trees died after the first winter. I called Stark Bros Trees and talked with the customer service the first time( hands down the easiest most hassle free customer service I have talked with.) They sent me replacements no questions asked. Those peach trees did the same thing this year. I have given up on peach trees for zone 4A. Time to try cherry and pear!
May 23, 2017
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 5 years ago