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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 August. Self-pollinating. Zones 5-8.

Now available in Reachables size! A Reachables tree produces full-sized fruits, but on a smaller tree. That makes it easier to fit into your garden, orchard—or even a container. It's also easier to manage than full-sized trees. One person can prune, spray, net and harvest the tree—all while standing on the ground. Note: Because their full-sized fruits grow on smaller trees, Reachables require a tree support.

Why buy a Deluxe package - Deluxe fruit trees include 2 oz. Quik-Cal Pelletized Calcium to enhance fruit quality, 12 oz. bag of Fruit Tree Food Starter Formula, easy-to-use tree ties, a premium tree guard to protect the trunk from gnawing pests, mowers and weed trimmers, and a copy of Backyard Horticulture for Fun and Profit—How to Make $10,000 in Your Spare Time.

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

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  • Price
  • 65835
  • Standard 2-4 ft.
  • $39.99
  • 62662
  • Standard Deluxe
  • $47.99
  • 62664
  • Reachables® 2-4' Tree
  • $49.99
  • 62665
  • Reachables® Deluxe
  • $57.99
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Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Prunus persica 'Contender'
  • Height: 12 - 15 feet for Standard. 10 - 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Spacing: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Depth: Locate the planting depth indicator, the marked line above the tree's root system.
  • Spread: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating
  • 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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