Stark® Elberta Queen™ Peach

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A sweet treat, perfect for preserving. This tree produces delightfully sweet and firm peaches – larger than regular Elbertas. Productive variety bears fruit for eating fresh and yields enough for canning and freezing so you can enjoy them all year. Introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1925. Freestone. Ripens in August. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink
Chill Hours 800
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
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 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.


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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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My peach tree died
Deborah on Aug 11, 2020
Who can???t use a little Elberta Queen?
Michael R on Feb 3, 2019
My peach tree died
Deborah on Aug 11, 2020
I grew up with ELberta peach and since this one is supposed to be even better, I thought I would give it a try.
Rhonda H on Jul 8, 2020
Who can???t use a little Elberta Queen?
Michael R on Feb 3, 2019
To replace an aging tree
ROGER E on Jan 27, 2019
Elberta Peaches grow wonderfully in middle GA and taste!
Victoria D on Jan 17, 2019
One of our favorite peaches!
Kathleen D on Sep 2, 2018
General flexibility of use
Todd L on Mar 21, 2017
Ordered this peach tree apx 25 years ago and it has been great. Still producing but needs to be replaced
Jimmy on Feb 28, 2017
I ordered this variety because of the favorable reviews it received and it's harvest date.
John M on Jan 14, 2017
Looking for a dwarf peach variety that was self pollinating. This one looked beautiful.
Jennifer P on Dec 28, 2016
August harvest time.I have a redhaven peach that is 12 years old.Might be ending its bearing life.
Frank Z on May 25, 2016
For my mothers birthday she wanted a beautiful red peach
Joey G on May 13, 2016
I've heard this us one of the best canning peaches... Also local markets do nit have these.
Robert R on May 10, 2016
I had this peach at the last house I lived at and it was a wonderfully sweet and juicy peach.
Deborah F on May 6, 2016
Large and sweet fruit
Roberto V on Apr 27, 2016
Best fruit trees.
Charles P on Mar 23, 2016
Wanted a southern heirloom peach.
Cherie C on Mar 20, 2016
Recommended for our area and self ploinating
Carol K on Mar 12, 2016
It's a late fruiting peach. I have had good luck with Elberta peach trees in the past.
David B on Feb 28, 2016
I grew up with ELberta peach and since this one is supposed to be even better, I thought I would give it a try.
Rhonda H on Jul 8, 2020
To replace an aging tree
ROGER E on Jan 27, 2019
Stark?? Elberta Queen??? Peach is this a freestone peach?
Phyllis O on Jul 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: yes it is
Is the Stark Elberta Queen Peach a freestone peach?
John M on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is freestone. This is my favorite peach - wonderful tart-sweet peach flavor good for fresh eating and canning.
We are in zone 7. The information on the Alberta queen says it is good for zones 5-8. So why did I receive notice that they could not ship to my zone. Did it have to do with the time off year I ordered? I assumed they would accept my order but not ship until spring. Thank you
Lynda M on Dec 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for reaching out to us. We are very sorry to learn that the item you are interested in purchasing is no longer available to ship to your location in time for fall planting. We may have the item available to ship in December into Spring of 2021. In order to place an order, please give our customer support team a call at 800.325.4180.
Is Alberta queen a standard, semi dwarf or dwarf size tree?
Rogee on Oct 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. At this time it is listed as available in a Standard size only.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
can you containerize a dwarf peach tree for the patio ?
tom m on Aug 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
When should I plant?
Tom F on Jul 14, 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.
Can we get a Queen Elbert in Semi-dwarf? This year or next spring? Thanks
Jan B on Jun 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Peaches do not come in a semi dwarf size. They are either dwarf which reach 8-10 feet in maturity or a standard which reach 12-15 foot in maturity. We will not know available stock for next season until January, please check back in.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the honey Crisp apple of the peach world?
LLLLLLG on Oct 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That's an interesting question. If you mean in terms of popularity, it would be Redhaven.
I have a brown thumb is there a peach I can grow with very little care in zone 6?
LLLLLLG on Oct 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We have something called "Stark Picks" for people just like you. :-) They're easy to grow, low maintenance, disease-resistant ... this should be right up your alley: //

Or if you like a white peach, this is a great variety: //

If you have questions or need advice, we're always here. Just ask!
when will my elberta queen ripen in zone 6b?
hambone on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That will depend very much on the temperatures over the summer. They should ripen in August.
even though self pollinating, which tree would be a good pollinator for an elberta queen peach?
Donna J C on May 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Reliance or Redhaven are both great.

Customer Reviews

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My favorite peach
Stark Elberta Queen is my favorite peach! If properly thinned it produces softball sized fruit that ripens in late Aug-early September in zone 5b (northern Utah). It is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, peels easily when ripe and always freestone. I also planted another variety that ripens earlier (Redhaven), but everyone can hardly wait until Elberta Queen is ready!
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Stark Elberta Queen Peach
Both Elberta's trees you offer have done really well with me. I start growing them in the 1980's. I moved and started them again with great fruit. Two winters ago then it was 20+ below zero for more than two weeks I lost 2 out of the 3 trees. I planted two new ones a year ago and this year they look great. I should be having a little fruit from them next year but the year after they will be going strong. The Elberta's are one of the best flavor fruits for canning or just eating. I really like them over Red Havens. My trees are healthy.
May 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
Growing well
This little tree is thriving - this year it actually has a few peaches on it which is amazing since it's so small and I just planted it not long ago.
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Stark Elberta Queen Peach
When the tree first arrived, I was disappointed with the crooked trunk, so I called and complained, because I had spent alot of money buying 5 fruit trees, etc,. Customer service corrected the situation and sent me a new tree. So far it seems healthy and is beginning to flush out its leaves.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Quality to Start With
This is the best bare root tree I've ever received from a vendor. In my first purchase from Stark Bros, I also bought a dwarf cherry tree which is of the same quality. The peach tree is already sprouting leaves and I am excited to watch it progress in its first year.

I was so impressed with the quality of the two fruit trees that I also ordered some grape plants and a black walnut tree. Can't wait to get and plant them.

Great job so far, Stark Bros! I'll update as time goes by.
June 10, 2016
Growing Like Crazy
I purchased 1 of these for me and 1 for my sister November of 2016. When she wasn't in town when they arrived, I planted both in my yard :) They more than doubled in size in the first year and have put on several flower buds waiting to pop this spring. They had healthy leaves with no signs of disease compared with nectarines from another nursery right next to them that looked like trash. Lawrence, KS zone 6
February 3, 2018
over 4 years ago
Received the tree at the proper time and in very good condition. Tree started leafing out within a reasonable time and is a very good looking tree. It bloomed last year but the late freeze got it. This year looks really good and has a big crop on it so far.

May 4, 2017
over 6 years ago
Peach trees
We ordered two of the Elberta Queen Peach trees and planted them as directed. Only one has survived and is doing well though. Disappointed one of them didn't make it but, the one that did is looking great!!!

We can't wait to start getting peaches!
May 15, 2017
over 4 years ago
Came quickly and in good shape, planted next day with compost, peat and fresh topsoil and now a couple of weeks later they are doing great!
June 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
My peach is growing very good
My peach is growing very healthy . I am very happy with my purchase . It haven't start to bear front yet
June 16, 2016
over 5 years ago