Bare Root Size: 24 – 30″
Noted for its cold-hardiness, Prunus persica ‘Contender’ is a wonderful peach tree adorned with profuse, fragrant, pink blossoms in early-mid spring. They are followed by a heavy crop of medium-sized, freestone, red blushed yellow fruits in late summer. The bright yellow flesh is firm, sweet and juicy. The Contender peach is known for having excellent disease resistance. Developed in Raleigh, NC, it was introduced in 1988. The yellow flesh is perfect for eating fresh, canning, or freezing. It is a freestone peach (also known as a melting peach,) meaning the flesh separates easily from the peach pit.
The tree blooms with an abundance of showing pink blossoms in the spring. It is self-pollinating, but adding another pollinator nearby may increase the size of your crop.
Contender peaches have excellent resistance to bacterial leaf spot. This tree requires 1000 chill hours during the winter, meaning it needs that number of hours between 32° and 45° F to go dormant and properly set fruit in the spring.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 4 – 8