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Yellow-fleshed freestone matches Reliance in cold hardiness and tolerance to spring frosts. Sweet, extra-juicy fruit is an absolute delight for fresh eating, canning, baking and freezing! Self-pollinating; ripens mid August. Zones 4-8.
Note: Plants will ship in Spring.
It is now 2015. I planted a semi-dwarf contender around 2007 on the southwest corner of my sandstone house in zone 6B. As expected it did not bear fruit the first year, but it has bore fruit every year after that. The fruit is full size, juicy, and delicious. It has lived through some severe winters without problem. I spray it with winter oil. Deer and other animals have left it alone, except for ants and probably a few other insects. I trim the top of the tree to keep it around 7 feet tall. Some of the other varieties have prettier blossoms, but I grow the tree for the fruit. I also have a Finger Lakes peach tree and the fruit looks and tastes similar to the Contender. The blossoms of these two varieties looks similar too. I put landscape fabric with mulch on top of the fabric around the tree on the ground. In order to get the branches to grow at a 45 degree angle, I strung nuts and other small hardware items on twine and then hung the twine from the branches. After about three years, I didn't need to train the limbs any longer. This is true of other varieties, not just Contender. I grow peaches because eating them lifts my mood and makes my brain work better. Sometimes the store-bought peaches never ripen because they were picked too early. I don't have that problem with my own peaches. I love Contender peaches.
We bought two Contenders in March 2011. Summer 2012, one of the trees produced 4 delicious peaches. By Summer 2013, we had nearly 40 peaches - with fantastic flavor. They are the only producing trees in our young orchard - among pears, apples, plums, and cherries. I can't WAIT for this year's yield.
I planted a set 5 years ago that did not make it. HF sent replacement the following spring. 3 years late they produce a wonderful crop of fruit (blue ribbon at the MN state fair). Incredible in taste, some of the best peaches I have ever tasted. Last year I lost a tree- over produced/bumper crop? spring was unusually cold. The other did not bud/bloom (4th year) but survived. I think the strain of the winter/spring coupled with the bumper crop made it so my tree did not stand a chance. Zone 4 city
The tree was very well packed and in great condition, with buds all over it. A great company to order plants from!
I bought this peach tree and live in zone four; so far my trees are over five feet and just planted them this year. I am very hopeful about them surviving the winter. will buy only trees from here.