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Contender Peach Tree Prunus persica

75 reviews
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  • Contender Peach Tree

    Contender Peach Trees are exceptionally hardy and disease resistant.

  • Contender Peach Tree

    Pink flowers appear in spring.

  • Contender Peach Tree

    Contender Peach Trees produce large, juicy, sweet fruit.

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Product Details

Mature Height: 12-15 ft.
Mature Width: 12-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Moderate
Harvest Time: August
Year to Bear: Can Fruit the 1st year!
Botanical Name: Prunus persica
Does Not Ship To: AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA
Grows Well In Zones: 4-8 outdoors
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      4-8 outdoors

Growing Zones: 4-8 outdoors

(hardy down to -20℉)

Product Description

Flavorful Peaches That Grow Nearly Anywhere

Why Contender Peach Trees?

When it comes to growing peaches, the mark of a winner is the diversity of the areas where they can grow – and the Contender Peach Tree is no exception. 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.

And in a short time, large velvety peaches will emerge from the Contender's branches like nature's work of art. Plus, this tree’s succulent, ripe peaches delight with each juicy bite. One taste and you'll know why the Contender is considered the most flavorful and fresh peach available. Even better? Unlike other peach varieties, this hardy tree produces a reliably delicious fruit that won't go brown on you before its time.

Why is Better

For starters, it won’t exceed 15 feet in height (even at maturity), so it fits almost anywhere. Best of all, because we’ve nurtured your tree and cared for it well at our nursery, it’s ready to produce delectable peaches in its first year of growth – no matter where you’re located. No need to wait years for peaches or pay high supermarket prices!

With care that’s a breeze and versatility that’s second to none, the Contender Peach Tree is truly one-of-a-kind. And with our Contender, you’ll have sweet, juicy fruit of your own, right from your backyard within the year. Order yours today!

Pollination Info

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.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Plant your tree in well-drained soil and in a full sun area (receiving at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day). Be sure to protect your tree from heavy winds by planting on the sunniest side of a building or your home.

When you're ready to plant, dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Place your tree and 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. Finally, water the planting site and mulch to help retain moisture in the soil.

2. Watering: Keep the soil around your Contender moist. 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.

Tip: Yellowing of the leaves is a sign of overwatering while leaves that are dry and brown can be a sign of underwatering.

3. 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 new growth. Repeat this in the summer and fall as well.

4. 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.

Tip: Once your tree begins to fruit, thin your peaches out. 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.

Shipping Details

Shipping Alert:

You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, & 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

Zone Map
Growing Zone Shipping Resumes
Zones 3 & 4 Week of May 2nd
Zone 5 Week of April 11th
Zone 6 Week of March 28th
Zones 6 - 11 Ships Now!

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $13.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$78.99 $19.95
$79.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99.00-$128.99 $29.95
$129.00-$148.99 $39.95
$149.00-$178.99 $49.95

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Bonita L.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Best Peach Tree

Great, it’s the best tree I’ve ever bought! It came with peaches on it Contender Peach Tree Review
Alice T.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Contender Peach for City Garden

So far, so good. Can't put it into the ground until after the threat of cicadas (Brood X) this year, though. It's in my greenhouse. Buds have appeared. Contender Peach Tree Review
William T Rae Jr.
United States United States

3 years and a grand explosion!

I purchased two trees 3 years ago. One year we had a hard hitting frost, the two blossoms that lived produced two of the best peaches we ever had. This year they exploded and even with removing peaches and removing weak tiny branches they were loaded. The flavor is excellent, you'll need plenty of napkins when you eat these. My wife canned peaches, made preserves and we gave away bags full to friends and neighbors who couldn't believe how wonderful they are, and were grown in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! I plan on buying more trees through this company in the Spring. I would buy these again, and again. Contender Peach Tree Contender Peach Tree Contender Peach Tree Contender Peach Tree Review

Wow, these are beautiful trees! Thank you for sharing!

Paula M.
United States United States
I recommend this product

3 years and a grand explosion!

Tree's arrived and seemed a bit beaten up from shipping, I was a bit concerned. However, the first summer they grew like crazy and we had a couple of amazing peaches! (I believe there was 5? My husband complained because I ate all but one). Second summer, we had a horrible frost and we had two peaches. This year they exploded and my husband had to make emergency braces to hold the branches ( even after we pruned a large amount!) I have already made preserves and canned with the windfalls. We live in the Upper Peninsula Of Michigan, north of Lake Michigan and no one can believe how amazing our peach trees are! Not only would I buy them again, I would recommend anyone in Northern areas like ours, to buy them! I plan on buying plum and apple trees next! Did I mention the fruit is absolutely sweet and delicious? When you eat these peaches, have extra napkins handy! Contender Peach Tree Contender Peach Tree Contender Peach Tree Contender Peach Tree Review
United States United States
I recommend this product

Contender Peach

The tree looked great arriving with some blooms already on it. Unfortunately, the tree (and a bare root SunGlo nectarine tree) spent 4 extra days sitting in the FedEx warehouse just 35 minutes from my house. The peach looks like it will bud but we’ll have to see about the nectarine. Contender Peach Tree Review