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 July. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink
Chill Hours 800
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, 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

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?
Stark Bro's Store
Compatible in my area
Bob U on Jan 19, 2021
CR H on Dec 18, 2019
Compatible in my area
Bob U on Jan 19, 2021
I have another one and it really has good peaches.
Old Fart on Jan 6, 2021
CR H on Dec 18, 2019
I have one at home already, and its the most delicious peach!
Michelle G on Feb 8, 2019
The description kinda set it apart for me.
James G on Nov 9, 2018
We've had these before, they are earlier than other varieties and so so delicious and juicy. I just can't go to the store and buy peaches after having one of these. I don't think it's as prolific as other varieties but it's nice that it's earlier so we can spread out all the goodness!
Carolyn P on May 23, 2018
I have been growing Starking Delicious peaches for over 30 years. The one I have is 11 years old. This one will be producing when the older one needs replacing.
This is my favorite peach for eating fresh and for freezing.
OLIVER C on Nov 21, 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
I have another one and it really has good peaches.
Old Fart on Jan 6, 2021
I have one at home already, and its the most delicious peach!
Michelle G on Feb 8, 2019
Is this a dwarf tree?
Betsy J on Jul 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This is currently only offered in a standard size. This will reach 12-15 feet in maturity.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
do you have semi dwarf peach trees?
DAVID L on Dec 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our peach trees are usually dwarf or standard.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What are ???chill hours????
Loretta R on Dec 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can find the chill hours for this variety under the characteristics of the product on the website. It requires at least 800 chill hours to bear fruit.

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
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 7 years ago
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
Anxiously awaiting this years peaches. Had peach curl last year. Treated aggressively. The tree is loaded with buds
May 4, 2017
over 5 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
over 5 years ago
Great Peach Tree
I planted a Standard Supreme Starking Delicious Peach in the spring of 2013 along with a Starks July Elberta. Had a few peaches in 2nd year many last year and loaded this year (2017-year 4 after planting). Started picking the end of June this year and picked a bushel yesterday (6/30). Nice large fruit. Of course, I spray on schedule and the trees were planted in a well prepared bed with mulch, weed control and supplemental irrigation and my soil is a Menfro silt loam (the best in this part of the world for peaches). I was surprised this year when they were blooming in March and survived a 17 degree night in late March and another lighter 29 degree freeze later. They needed a lot of thinning to get some nice large peaches. On bad thing is the squirrels love them too.
July 1, 2017
Heavy producer, but protect the tree!
I planted one of these in Spring of 2012. For the last three years I have been getting baskets full of baseball sized peaches! Tried as I might to stop them, the Japanese beetles have eaten half of my crop this year, though I did get enough to can six pints of delicious peach preserves! I think next year I'll put a net over the tree after budding to prevent them from getting to it.
July 11, 2017
Great! Bearing Fruit!
The tree looks great and already bearing fruit! Just 10-10-10 and water!
May 17, 2017
over 5 years 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
over 4 years ago
Dripping before it sits on my lips....sweet, juicy and amazing taste.
I recommend anything from stark Bros. The customer service is stellar!!!!! I have told so many folks about their products, because I'm sold ......
May 13, 2018
over 4 years ago