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Contender Peach Tree

Late Frosts No Problem!


For top-quality crops in any region. Excellent cold hardiness and tolerance to late-spring frosts make Contender superb for Northern growers. Marvelously melting, sweet, yellow flesh. Extra-juicy freestone fruit ripens in mid Aug. Self-pollinating. Zones 5-8.

Planting Tip: Plant semi-dwarf peach trees about 12-14 feet apart, standards 20 feet apart.

NOTE: We are unable to ship our trees to PO Boxes at this time.

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  • Botanical Name: Prunus 'persica'
  • Height: 12 - 15 feet for Standard. 10 - 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Spacing: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Depth: The top of the Ellepot container should be even with the soil level.
  • Spread: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: Excellent yield.
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Blooms: Late April
  • Zone: 5 - 8
  • Form: Deciduous. Spreading.
  • Flower Form: Yes
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, organic, sandy loam soil.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Pruning: Second and third year pruning determines shape and prevents development of bad crotches. Pruning of fruit trees is best done during the dormant period. Summer pruning, except for the removal of water sprouts or "suckers", tends to weaken the trees. The first year the height of the lowest branches should be established by cutting off ones that grow lower down on the trunk than desired. The remaining side limbs may be shortened but retained, if well distributed. No more than two should be left tha
  • Comments: Hardiness equals Reliance plus the variety blooms late. Marvelously melting sweet yellow flesh. Extremely juicy. This is the pick for fresh eating quality and crops year after year. High tolerance to late Spring frosts.

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