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Starking® Delicious™ Peach

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Why wait to enjoy a delicious peach? Grow a strong, vigorous tree and large Elberta-type peaches that are ripe two weeks earlier than other Elbertas. Tree exhibits bud-hardiness to resist frost. Fruit has a sweet flesh and firm skin that slips off easily – perfect for canning and freezing. Originates from Dover, Arkansas, introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1949. Freestone. Ripens in mid July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Medium 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

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!

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

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Early ripening date for a peach, which fills a scheduling gap between apricots and my later bearing Contender peach.
WALTER M on Apr 14, 2017
Description was very appealing
Richard N on Mar 4, 2017
Early ripening date for a peach, which fills a scheduling gap between apricots and my later bearing Contender peach.
WALTER M on Apr 14, 2017
1- Maturity date fit better with other peach trees I have.
2- freestone
Henry H on Mar 10, 2017
Description was very appealing
Richard N on Mar 4, 2017
Named Stark so its gotta be a good buy.
John F on Feb 26, 2017
I remember the Elberta peaches when i was a youngster living in Union, NJ (1950s) A woman had a farm with these peaches down the street from us. They were the best I ever tasted. Hoping these will be the same.
joseph p on Feb 26, 2017
We have had this brand of peach trees for 25+ years. They are heavy producers and seem to be disease free. Beautiful large peaches that ripen in late July
Ellen A on Feb 12, 2017
I already have two other varieties and wanted a peach that ripened in the period when this peach ripens.
Charles H on Aug 22, 2016
I wanted to try a different peach for eating and freezing.
Robert R on May 10, 2016
Buds hardy to frost. Ripens early. sweet fruit
Theresa C on May 4, 2016
My daughter likes to make peach preserves and we all like a good peach cobbler. Again, we like being self sufficient.
Jonathan H on Apr 26, 2016
I already have one, and wanted another. Delicious describes this peach very well.
Janice H on Apr 26, 2016
We wanted to add another freestone dwarf peach - this seemed perfect!
Patricia G on Apr 8, 2016
It's a July peach.
RONALD B on Feb 20, 2016
1- Maturity date fit better with other peach trees I have.
2- freestone
Henry H on Mar 10, 2017
Named Stark so its gotta be a good buy.
John F on Feb 26, 2017

Customer Reviews

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Sweet and Juicy
Sweet and Juicy! Pit comes off easily. Very sweet mellow peach flavor. Located in zone 5 planted Supreme dwarf about 5 years ago. We have heavy clay and at planting added some sphagnum moss and compost. Planted in the fall watered first week only and have left it mostly to do it's own thing. Nice shaped tree produced 3) 5 gallon bucket fulls this year.
July 26, 2016
A big surprise.
Actually, they shipped me this wrong tree instead of donut peach tree I originally ordered last year February. I found out this year around April after comparing the baby fruits' shape with my friend's donut peach. I was upset because I did not like yellow peaches. However, this tree totally changed my thought. First, it is now a biggest fruit tree in my back yard. My husband gives it super good care since he planted it to the ground last year. Then, guess how many fruits do we get? Roughly 200! Of course about 50 dropped down or eaten by the bird. We still had about 150 to eat. We live in California. The weather is friendly to this tree. They started to ripe in late May. By the middle of June, we finished them all and all of us loved it so much. It is so sweet and juicy and mixed with a little bit tart that attracts all of us. I miss them so much. We are going to give him a nice prune after this winter and going to say hello to blooms and baby peaches next spring. Thank you Starksbro for sending me this correct tree :)
June 25, 2016
Wonderful Tree, Delicious Fruit
I've purchased more than 40 trees from Stark Bros. Apple, Pear, Fig, Cherry, Peach and Nectarine. All have been of great quality. Some died in the first year, and were replaced by Stark for free. Most of my trees began to bear fruit in year three, and each year the harvest is bigger and bigger. Their site has great advice from pruning, to disease control and more..
As for the Starkling Delicious Peach, It's wonderful. Picked and eaten off the trees on a warm sunny day-Perfection !
May 4, 2016
over 3 years ago
peach tree
doing well. planted in winter in area chickens will run. hope it helps with bore problems. my apple tree in chicken pen never even has worms in apples and I only dormant oil the tree. no there spraying.
May 15, 2017
1 year ago
Great! Bearing Fruit!
The tree looks great and already bearing fruit! Just 10-10-10 and water!
May 17, 2017
1 year ago
peach tree
Thank You well and healthy tree can't wait I I harvest . I will always order from you great products. I have 4 peach trees and all are doing great.
May 24, 2017
8 months ago
very nice
The tree you sent is one of the nicest bare root trees I have purchased in years. The root to branch ratio was excellent. You did a great job on the pruning. I buy quite a few trees each year for myself and for others. I have already recommended your company to several people as a good place to buy a top quality bare root tree. And Have shown them the peach I purchased from you this spring. It has leafed out now and for a new planting is doing very well, thanks to the superior pruning job you folks did before shipping. Keep up the good work. Have a great growing season..And thanks for the tree.
May 24, 2017
1 year ago
Anxiously awaiting this years peaches. Had peach curl last year. Treated aggressively. The tree is loaded with buds
May 4, 2017
over 2 years ago
Tree died
We planted the tree one fall and it lived for 1 1/2 years and then died. Maybe our Winter season was too harsh.
May 22, 2017
1 year ago
Starting Delicious Peach
It was a strong, healthy tree with a good root system. It is just now beginning to develop buds. I'm looking forward to the day it bears superior quality fruit.

David Rico
March 10, 2016
1 year ago
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