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. Potted. Zones 4-8.
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. Thanks to state-of-the-art rootstock technology, these trees stay manageable allowing one person to prune, spray, net and harvest the tree—all while standing on the ground. No ladders required! 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. of Fruit-Boost™ 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.
- Botanical Name: Prunus persica 'Contender'
- Season: Spring
- Sun/Shade: Full Sun
- Height: Standard: 18-20 feet. Reachables: 6-8 feet. Reachables tree heights will vary some based on location, soil, light, temperature, and other environmental factors.
- Spacing: Standard: 15-20 feet. Reachables: 8-12 feet.
- Zone: 4-8
- Spread: Standard: 15-20 feet
- Color: Pink
- Foliage: Narrowly elliptic, glossy mid-green leaves, up to 6".
- Blooms: Mid Spring, Late Spring
- Yield: Reachables: 3/4 to 1 bushel at maturity. Our Reachables trees bear a small fruit crop in under two years-and larger crops in the subsequent years. Standard trees should bear fruit in 3 - 5 years depending on growing conditions.
- Fruit: Marvelously melting, sweet, yellow flesh. Extra-juicy freestone fruit. Freestone peach.
- Growth Rate: Moderate.
- 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 that arise near any one point on the trunk because of the danger of crowding and splitting later on. Peaches bear fruit on one year old limbs. Prune in an open vase form. Avoid several limbs growing from nearly the same point on the trunk or weak crotches will result. Space the principal limbs out over as much area of the trunk as possible.
- Form: Fruit, Fruit Tree, Peach, Standard Peach, Reachables Peach
- Flowers: Single petals, bowl-shaped flowers.
- Pollinator: Self pollinating.
- Size: Reachables [R] 2-4 Ft
Orders for in-stock seeds and hardgoods are typically shipped within 5 business days.
Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:
|Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule|
|Zones||Sweet Potatoes||Bareroot Roses||Tomatoes & Peppers||Potatoes|
|1A-4A||5/17/21 - 6/4/21||4/12/21 - 5/28/21||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||3/22/21 - 6/11/21|
|4B||5/17/21 - 6/4/21||4/12/21 - 5/28/21||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||3/22/21 - 6/11/21|
|5A||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||3/29/21 - 5/28/21||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||3/1/21 - 6/11/21|
|5B||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||3/15/21 - 5/28/21||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||3/1/21 - 6/11/21|
|6A||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||3/1/21 - 5/28/21||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||3/1/21 - 6/11/21|
|6B||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||3/1/21 - 5/28/21||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||3/1/21 - 6/11/21|
|7A||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||2/22/21 - 5/28/21||5/10/21 - 6/4/21||2/22/21 - 6/11/21|
|7B||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||2/22/21 - 5/28/21||4/12/21 - 6/4/21||2/22/21 - 6/11/21|
|8A & B||4/19/21 - 6/4/21||2/15/21 - 5/28/21||4/12/21 - 6/4/21||2/15/21 - 6/11/21|
|9A & B||4/19/21 - 6/4/21||1/18/21 - 5/28/21||4/12/21 - 6/4/21||2/8/21 - 6/11/21|
|10A & B||4/12/21 - 6/4/21||1/18/21 - 5/28/21||4/12/21 - 6/4/21||2/8/21 - 6/11/21|
|Last Order Date||5/31/2021||5/24/2021||5/31/2021||6/7/2021|
|Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule|
|Zones||Tender Annuals||Onion Plants||All other Perennials & Potted Plants||Dormant Trees & Hedges|
|1A-4A||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 5/7/21||5/3/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|4B||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||3/29/21 - 5/7/21||5/3/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|5A||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||3/22/21 - 5/7/21||3/29/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|5B||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||3/22/21 - 5/7/21||3/15/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|6A||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||3/1/21 - 5/7/21||3/8/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|6B||4/26/21 - 6/4/21||2/22/21 - 5/7/21||3/1/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|7A||3/29/21 - 6/4/21||2/15/21 - 5/7/21||2/22/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|7B||3/29/21 - 6/4/21||2/8/21 - 5/7/21||2/22/21 - 6/4/21||4/5/21 - 6/4/21|
|8A & B||3/29/21 - 6/4/21||1/25/21 - 5/7/21||2/15/21 - 5/14/21||4/5/21 - 5/28/21|
|9A & B||3/29/21 - 6/4/21||1/4/21 - 5/7/21||2/8/21 - 5/14/21||4/5/21 - 5/28/21|
|10A & B||3/29/21 - 6/4/21||1/4/21 - 5/7/21||2/8/21 - 5/14/21||4/5/21 - 5/28/21|
|Last Order Date||5/31/2021||5/3/2021||1A-7B: 5/31/2021
The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.
Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection.
In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your order--via the U.S. Postal Service or United Parcel Service. Large orders may be shipped in more than one package.
Please note that we cannot ship outside of the continental United States.