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Contender Peach Tree

Contender Peach Tree

Late Frosts No Problem!

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 Aug. Self-pollinating. Zones 4-8.

Planting Tip: Plant semi-dwarf peach trees about 12-14 feet apart, standards 20 feet apart.
  • Zone 4 - 8 (-20° F.).
  • Height 12 - 15 feet for Standard. 10 - 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Light Requirements Full sun.
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  • 65835
  • Standard 2-4 ft.-1 tree
  • $32.99
  • 65837
  • Standard Deluxe-1 tree
  • $39.99
  • 65838
  • Semi-Dwarf 2-4 ft.-1 tree
  • $41.99
  • 65839
  • Semi-Dwarf Deluxe-1 tree
  • $47.99

Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Prunus 'persica'
  • Height: 12 - 15 feet for Standard. 10 - 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Spacing: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Depth: Plant with graft union 2 inches above soil surface.
  • Spread: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun.
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Blooms: Late April.
  • Form: Deciduous. Spreading.
  • Flower Form: Yes.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, organic, sandy loam soil.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Pruning: At planting, cut the main whip stem back by up to one third at a fat bud and prune side branches until you have removed about a third of the total wood. Also, trim away any broken or damaged roots. This will help balance the branch structure with the remaining roots and get your tree off to a healthier start. 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 remov
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: Excellent yield.
  • Comments :
    Hardiness equals Reliance plus the variety blooms late. Marvelously melting sweet yellow flesh. Extremely juicy. This is the pick for fresh eating quality and crops year after year. High tolerance to late Spring frosts. Unable to ship to: AE, AK, CA, CO, GU, HI, ID, OR, PR, WA.

Shipping Schedule

All plant items will be shipped to arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for your area of the country.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedule:

Spring 2018 Shipping Schedule
  Zones   Sweet Potatoes Bareroot Roses Tomatoes & Peppers Large Bareroots  Potatoes  Tender Annuals Onion Plants All other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/10 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
4B 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/3 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
5A 5/15 - 6/8 4/3 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/20 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 4/3 - 6/22
5B 5/1 - 6/8 3/20 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 3/20 - 6/22
6A 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/6 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
6B 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 2/27 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
7A 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/20 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
7B 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/13 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
8A & B 4/24 - 6/8 2/20 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/20 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/30 - 5/11 2/20 - 5/25
9A & B 4/24 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
10A & B 4/17 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
Last Order Date 6/4/2018 5/28/2018 5/28/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018
6/11/2018 6/4/2018 5/7/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

Shipping Notes:
Orders for gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection. The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

Ratings & Reviews

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wonderful peach tree
Mar 22, 2015  |  
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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.


LOVE this tree
Mar 8, 2014  |  
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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.


The tastiest peach
Oct 31, 2013  |  
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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


Tree is Very Healthy
May 16, 2013  |  
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The tree was very well packed and in great condition, with buds all over it. A great company to order plants from!


zone four and peach tree
Nov 9, 2011  |  
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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.

Product Details
  • Botanical Name: Prunus 'persica'
  • Height: 12 - 15 feet for Standard. 10 - 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Spacing: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Depth: Plant with graft union 2 inches above soil surface.
  • Spread: 15 feet for Standard. 12 feet for Semi-dwarf.
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun.
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Blooms: Late April.
  • Form: Deciduous. Spreading.
  • Flower Form: Yes.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, organic, sandy loam soil.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Pruning: At planting, cut the main whip stem back by up to one third at a fat bud and prune side branches until you have removed about a third of the total wood. Also, trim away any broken or damaged roots. This will help balance the branch structure with the remaining roots and get your tree off to a healthier start. 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 remov
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: Excellent yield.
  • Comments :
    Hardiness equals Reliance plus the variety blooms late. Marvelously melting sweet yellow flesh. Extremely juicy. This is the pick for fresh eating quality and crops year after year. High tolerance to late Spring frosts. Unable to ship to: AE, AK, CA, CO, GU, HI, ID, OR, PR, WA.
Shipping Schedule

All plant items will be shipped to arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for your area of the country.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedule:

All plant items will be shipped to arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for your area of the country.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedule:

Spring 2018 Shipping Schedule
  Zones   Sweet Potatoes Bareroot Roses Tomatoes & Peppers Large Bareroots  Potatoes  Tender Annuals Onion Plants All other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/10 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
4B 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/3 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
5A 5/15 - 6/8 4/3 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/20 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 4/3 - 6/22
5B 5/1 - 6/8 3/20 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 3/20 - 6/22
6A 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/6 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
6B 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 2/27 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
7A 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/20 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
7B 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/13 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
8A & B 4/24 - 6/8 2/20 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/20 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/30 - 5/11 2/20 - 5/25
9A & B 4/24 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
10A & B 4/17 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
Last Order Date 6/4/2018 5/28/2018 5/28/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018
6/11/2018 6/4/2018 5/7/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

Shipping Notes:
Orders for gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection. The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

Shipping Notes:
Orders for gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection. The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

Ratings & Reviews
Write a review
wonderful peach tree
Mar 22, 2015  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
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.


LOVE this tree
Mar 8, 2014  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
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.


The tastiest peach
Oct 31, 2013  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
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


Tree is Very Healthy
May 16, 2013  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
The tree was very well packed and in great condition, with buds all over it. A great company to order plants from!


zone four and peach tree
Nov 9, 2011  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
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.

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