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Contender Peach

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Original price $59.99 - Original price $59.99
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$59.99 - $59.99
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SKU C505

Prunus persica 'Contender'

This delicious, late-blooming peach escapes spring frosts and sets fruit in much of the nation. Its freestone peaches are large and sweetly aromatic, with bright red-over-yellow skin and yellow flesh.  It is great for fresh eating, freezing, and especially canning, since its firm flesh resists browning.

Introduced from the North Carolina Experiment station in 1988, it has a high chilling requirement of 1050 chill hours, so it's not recommended in the Deep South. It is exceptionally versatile, thriving in regions as diverse as the East Coast, Colorado, and the warmest areas of the Pacific Northwest.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 4

Mature Height:  12'- 14' unpruned

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: Mid-Late Season

Pollination: Self Fertile

Rootstock: St. Julian A(Dwarf), Citation(Semi-Dwarf)

Read our Peach Growing Guide

Size: Dwarf (4'-5')


Ask a Question
  • What rootstocks are the dwarf and semi dwarf trees grafted onto?

    Lovell and Citation. They are functionally very similar.

  • Is this a bare root tree

    Yes this tree is shipped bare root.

  • How soon will your 4'-5' Contender each tree start producing peaches after planting in the ground in spring?

    Within 2-3 years if everything goes as planned.

  • How soon will your 4'-5' Contender peach tree produce peaches after planting in spring?

    Within 2-3 years after planting. Same year fruiting is strongly discouraged as it will damage the tree as it tries to establish its root system.

  • What size do each the dwarf and semi dwarf get to?

    Dwarf is about 12 feet and Semi-dwarf is about 15 feet.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Lisa Z.
Arrived in good condition

The tree arrived in good condition, nice size root system, so far has transplanted well without any issues. Since it was just planted I will need more time to evaluate growing experience.

Sara P.
Good purchase

Nice size and shape. Hopefully it will grown well.

Straight and strong!

Of all the bare root dwarf trees I ordered this one is by far the best! It looks so healthy and it's vigorous! It's only been in the ground for three weeks and it's already put on lots of leaves. It was easy to prune it to an open center and looks like it will grow I to a great tree with good structure. Thanks Raintree!

Patricia G.

We planted it and now 2 weeks later, there are no buds. Should there be? What should I watch out for if it's not going to make it? And how/when do you replace it. Do I have to send the dead tree back if that's what happens? I bought from you before & it was a lovely tree - I hope that is the case this time.

Meghan B.
Very Happy

I was very pleased with the quality of tree I received. I decided to plant my two new peaches against my fence to train for espalier. I think the ones I received will be a good fit! I'm seeing buds start to swell after planting about two weeks ago.