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Contender Peach Tree

Prunus persica


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Contender Peach Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Contender Peach Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

12-15 ft.

Mature Width:

12-15 ft.


Full Sun

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Peach Stone Type


Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Prunus persica

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Contender Peach Tree is a Winner

When it comes to growing peaches, the mark of a winner is the diversity of the areas where they can grow.

The Contender Peach fits that bill like few others. With excellent cold hardiness and tolerance to the occasional late spring frosts, it's one of the few peach varieties that will flourish in northern regions. Tons of amazing blooms will burst onto the scene, ushering in the spring season with vivid pinks sure to brighten any landscape.

The Taste of a True Champion
In a short time, large velvety peaches will emerge from the Contender's branches like nature's work of art. Picture a mostly water-colored red, splashed over an orange canvas. The succulent, ripe peaches drip with each juicy bite. One taste and you'll know why the Contender is considered the most flavorful, fresh eating peach available. Unlike other peach varieties, this hardy tree produces a reliably delicious fruit that won't go brown on you before its time.

Convenience Makes the Contender a Great Choice
The stature of the Contender Peach Tree gives it another advantage over other fruit trees. At full maturity, it will not exceed 15 feet in height. That means more planting options in your garden or landscape and fruit that's easier to reach when ready to pick. Care is a breeze as well. Just make sure to plant in full sun and use well drained, organic soil. Throughout the diverse regions across the country, your Contender will thrive in a variety of locations.

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Contender Peach Tree Pollination

Contender Peach Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Contender Peach Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

3.6 / 5.0
29 Reviews
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Tree is doing well..! It came delivered healthy, and is staying good looking. Aslo I ordered 2 apple trees from here, that are doing well too.
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October 15, 2018
4 months ago
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Arrived great and doing well! Stock straight and beautiful leaves. My Grandad is thrilled with them!!!
September 10, 2018
5 months ago
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Healthy but Ugly.
I ordered a contender peach tree. The tree arrived in good condition and is healthy. However, it is not a tree I would ever have purchased at a nursery because it is very crooked. It is not a nice tree. This was my first time purchasing online and will be my last.
August 1, 2018
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Bought this as a Pollinator
This peach tree is also loaded with peaches despite it's small size. It survived the winter in NY, zone 6 and served to pollinate the third year tree. Amazing growth too. I love them all.
July 21, 2018
Peekskill, NY
over 2 years ago
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It’s dead!
Our tree died. It never did bloom or have any leaves. Completely brown all the way through. I’m happy they offer the 1 year warranty so I do have my 59.95 credit. Hoping the next one will grow.
June 22, 2018
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The tree looked really good on arrival and I planted it the next morning. Two weeks later all the leaves wilted and fell off despite daily watering. It is a major disappointment as my other six fruit trees are thriving.
June 14, 2018
9 months ago
Nice peach trees for northern wisconsin
The trees are very nice I hope they grow, the meyer lemon tree I ordered arrived with spider mites and has never recovered, I hope this is not the case with the peach trees
June 4, 2018
8 months ago
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Happy with the Peach Tree
I received the tree expediently. It came with fruit on it. I planted it the following weekend without a problem. To date 5/3/2018 it is doing very well. It has new growth and the peaches are pumping up. I am satisfied thus far.
May 31, 2018
9 months ago
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The service was wonderful. The tree came intackband i was given lots of instructions to help get it going. I would buy one from fast growning again in a minute. We live at 7000 feet above sea level and our spring and summer are just beginning. Looks like the tree likes it here.
The tree is doing well. The hundred gold finches in my yard love sitting in it.
The tree is doing well. The hundred gold finches in my yard love sitting in it.
May 25, 2018
8 months ago
Peach tree
Planted tree 1 day after received approx 1 month ago. As of this date no new growth visible on the tree, wait for another 3 to 4 weeks to see any new growth.
May 22, 2018
9 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Contender Peach Tree

Contender Peach Tree Planting Diretions

The Contender Peach Tree is a cold hardy, tolerant to occasional frosts and will flourish in northern regions. This variety known as “Prunus persica” perform their best in USDA growing zones 4-8 in a full sun location and normally harvested from mid summer through fall. Contender peaches are moderately growing dwarf trees maturing to 12-15 feet tall and wide.

Location: Plant your tree in well-drained soil in a location where it will receive full sun (at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day). Heavy winds and early frosts can damage the blossoms, so be sure to protect your tree by planting on the sunniest side of a building or your home.

Planting Instructions: Select an area where your soil drains well and the peach tree will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.

1) Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Amend the soil around the hole with compost to ensure the tree has proper drainage.
2) Place your tree inside the hole making sure it is sitting straight and that the graft is 2 inches above the soil line.
3) Cover the roots with soil, watering occasionally as you go along to remove any air pockets that may have formed. Gently pat the soil down until the roots are completely covered.
4) Water the planting site and mulch to help retain moisture in the soil.

Watering: Keep the soil around your Contender tree moist, but not saturated. Keeping the roots too wet can cause rot damage to the roots. Typically watering once a week by leaving a hose at the base of the tree for a couple of hours is sufficient. Once the soil around the tree has dried, water the tree again. During times of extreme heat, your tree may need additional water. Yellowing of the leaves is a sign of over watering while leaves that are dry and brown can be a sign of under watering.

Fertilization: After your tree has been in the ground for 6 weeks, apply 1 lb. of a balanced fertilizer formula such as 12-12-12. In addition, apply ¾ lb. of fertilizer in the Spring before the tree pushes out new growth. Repeat this in the Summer and Fall as well.

Pruning: The Contender will need to be pruned the first two years in order to maintain an open center shape and encourage fruit production. Prune your tree in late winter or early spring using pruning shears and making your cuts at a 45-degree angle. Trim away any broken/dead branches and any that are criss-crossing by making your cut right below the dead wood. To achieve the open center shape, prune your tree so that the center section has only two or three main branches that will receive plenty of sunlight.

Pests: Check your tree regularly for insects and diseases. Caterpillars can form nests (egg sacs) on the tree which should be picked off immediately and spray your tree with a horticultural oil or an insecticide. Fungus can be treated by spraying a fungicide on the tree while it’s blooming.

Tips: Once your tree begins to fruit, thin your peaches out to allow each peach to have 8 inches in space to grow and mature properly. Thinning out your peaches will help to increase your overall production. Peaches on the top and outside of the tree will likely be ready to pick first. They will be fully ripe when there is no green left on the skin and they come off with a slight twist.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I have 3 other types of peach and am going for variety.
Brandon L on Sep 15, 2018
Does not bloom until late in spring
Linda S on Sep 4, 2018
I have 3 other types of peach and am going for variety.
Brandon L on Sep 15, 2018
Son an law likes peaches.
Gerald S on Sep 11, 2018
Does not bloom until late in spring
Linda S on Sep 4, 2018
I enjoy peaches and most peaches are shipped from out of state. I would like to enjoy a home grown peach.
JOYCE O on Aug 28, 2018
Love peaches
karl m on Aug 11, 2018
Self pollinating
James M on Aug 5, 2018
cold hardy peaches is hard to find.. dont forget my garantee.....
lori b on Aug 5, 2018
I like peaches and there needed to be two so the other one wouldn't be lonely.
Lynn E on Jul 30, 2018
I want to try some different peaches hope they turn out sweet.
patricia g on Jun 12, 2018
Good fruit tree for my area.
Cindy B on May 24, 2018
Chose for its fast grow in my zone.
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Henry A on May 2, 2018
I am looking forward to a bounty harvest of fruit expected with this tree
Anne M on Apr 25, 2018
Because I live in Cody Wyoming and this is one of the best peach trees to buy for this area.
Cindy B on Apr 24, 2018
looked and sounded like it would be a good fit for me.
sue n on Apr 22, 2018
Please add code April79 for no shipping
Daniel K on Apr 6, 2018
We have a peach tree like this now, it is 18 ft tall and usually get about 500 peaches every yr. N. VA area. 2018
steven P on Apr 4, 2018
Because I love peaches! And it looks so good and yummy in that picture.
marcelo o on Oct 28, 2017
same for the peach tree had to leave it when we moved had a hard time keeping the squirrels away from it
judy m on Oct 20, 2017
Same as the elberta, I have a red haven and wanted to have a variety of peaches.
Tina F on Sep 18, 2017
wanted a bigger tree and one that sets in cold climate
Paul O on Sep 15, 2017
hardiness zone
Darla T on Sep 15, 2017
because it indicated it would grow in the cold weather of Montana.
Craig R L on Jul 29, 2017
Able to grow in my zone.
David F on Jul 25, 2017
I did not see a space to enter code JULY for the free shipping - please adjust. thanks
Ken H on Jul 23, 2017
Zone 6 and fast growing. Perfect for our area.
Frank K on Jul 23, 2017
It grows in our zone. Very few peaches grow in our zone.
Michelle G on Jul 5, 2017
wisconsin is cold. this tree is cold hardy
Mark F on Jul 4, 2017
Looked like a good producer for my area
Timothy S on Jun 21, 2017
Best match to my Zone 4-5 area.
James S on Jun 21, 2017
Love peaches,smaller tree
Patricia S on Jun 15, 2017
Grows in my area
Aaron C on Jun 11, 2017
We chose them because they are hardy down to -20 degrees and that is important here!
Robert C on May 25, 2017
Richard M on May 24, 2017
it appears to be hardy in zone 4
Robin F on May 20, 2017
I have been searching high and low for a Peach tree that grows in zone 4! I have high hopes for the Contender Peach!
Joel F on May 16, 2017
hardy northern variety
Rusty W on Apr 20, 2017
Cold weather hardy
Mandy s on Apr 19, 2017
Wanted to try this because it is supposed to be better for northern states where frost might catch the tree and lose any fruit for that year...which happens with every peach tree we currently have. Hopefully this one will wait later in the year to bloom and not be caught by frost.
Allen H on Apr 15, 2017
We have apples and plum trees, needed more fruit diversity.
Allen C on Apr 11, 2017
We always wanted a Peach tree, and this one has been wonderful in appearance and productivity. We love it!
Robert T on Mar 16, 2017
will grow in my area
Marilee U on Mar 15, 2017
Because Michigan has harsh winters with late spring frost
Erin B on Mar 11, 2017
Great tasting peaches and does not require two trees.
Michelle M on Nov 10, 2016
to try it
Roy D on Oct 9, 2016
Grows in my Growing Zone
William C on Sep 19, 2016
Read it was better to have to contenders for better yield even though they are self pollinating
PJ N on Sep 5, 2016
Looking for 2 peach trees and thought these would do.
Timothy W on Jun 14, 2016
I love huge and tasty peaches
Byron T on Apr 19, 2016
I live in Wisconsin.... And I love peaches... What's a guy to do? Well buy a peach tree that will grow in WI. (Weeks of research is backing this. I've read people as far as Canada having luck with this tree.)
Corey F on Apr 18, 2016
Will grow where I live
Terri B on Apr 10, 2016
Son an law likes peaches.
Gerald S on Sep 11, 2018
I enjoy peaches and most peaches are shipped from out of state. I would like to enjoy a home grown peach.
JOYCE O on Aug 28, 2018
Does the Contender Peach Tree have to have another PeachTree planted near it in order to pollinate?
Cassandra B on Aug 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Contender Peach is self fertile, but you'll get a much higher fruit yield if your tree had a mate to pollinate with.
how are they for preserving, canning and storing?
Joyce T on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They are very good for eating, canning and freezing.
When to plant the Contender peach tree? It is mid October and we are often having lows in the 20s.
Mountain rose on Oct 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: As long as the soil isn't frozen go ahead and put it in. Make a hole twice the diameter of the ball. Tamp down the soil well to get any air pockets out. Water it and put a healthy amount of mulch over the top. It should be fine.
The Contender peach being self fertile, which peach tree would be the best cross pollinator to better yields, or just get two of same?
Haven on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can pair with the Elberta, Harvester or the Red Haven. All are great Peaches and you will get more yield.
Is fall a good time to plant. I really want fruit next year?
Tanya on Sep 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Fall is a good time to plant in Iowa, zone 5. My Contender peach tree grew approximately 6' and it has been a dry year here. We did water it faithfully. The tree looks lovely and I expect we may have fruit next year but we did not have fruit the year after we planted it.
would the peach tree pollinate with a pear tree in the same area or does it need another peach tree?
Connie B on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Contender Peach is self fertile; however if you have a Elberta, Harvester or Red Haven with this, you will get a bigger crop.
I just purchased two contender peach trees. Will I have to wait until next year to eat any peaches that grow?
Heather F on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We had a good crop the first year about 30 golf ball sized super sweet peaches. This year the wind knocked most the flowers off and so right now I will be lucky to have 10 peaches the same size.
Any ways to keep frost off peach trees?
Betsy S on Jul 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have gotten 4 Contender peaches from Fast-Growing Trees. I love them. They are really tough. No need to worry about frost or even a hard freeze, which we get here all the time.. I'm sorry, but the only ways I know to keep frost off a tree are to move South with the tree or move the tree indoors. Sorry.
How long from when it blossoms to when the fruit is ripe?
Hannah B on Nov 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Blossomed in April, fruit ripe, I think, in mid to late July.
What color is the insides ?
Macaroni on Sep 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Contender Peaches are very vigorous growers and produce very delicate pink flowers once the weather warms up. They are known to produce large crops and are yellow-fleshed and red skinned. The insides is like a light yellow color on the inside. They are considered to be the most flavorful peaches and are great for snacking and baking.
What are chill hours as in the peach tree needs more than 1050 chill hours?
Bampmister on Oct 23, 2018

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