Unique Features: The Contender is one of the hardiest peaches and is rated at zone 4, but it still blooms in early/mid spring and if the flowers get frosted before they set fruit then there will be no fruit. If you have an extra hardy tree then the chances are that the tree will survive to try again next season. The Contender produces medium-large freestone peaches that have a small pit and yellow skin with a red blush, which ripen from mid-August to mid-September. The bright yellow flesh is firm, but melts in the mouth. It is very sweet and juicy, and usually more abundant than that of other peach trees. Peach trees only live for about 12 years, so regular fertilization and pruning will help maximize the yields during the relatively short life span. It’s also a good idea to have a backup or two planted and ready to take over. Peaches and all other Prunus fruits are toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
- Sweet, yellow-fleshed peaches
- Noted for it's cold hardiness
- Peaches are great for eating, baking, and canning
- Self pollinating
Mature Height: 12-15'
Mature Spread: 15-18'