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Contender Peach

Contender Peach

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Contender Peach

Prunus persica 'Contender'

Contender is known as one of the more hardy peaches because of its later blooming dates and hardy, more frost resistant buds.  Most report it to be hardy enough for Zone 4.   Contender ripens clode to Canadian Harmony or about 20 days after Redhaven.  It is large, firm, excellent quality and freestone.  We recommend it for areas that routinely suffer late frosts that hurt many other peach varieties.


10-14 Feet



8-12 Feet


Hardiness Zone


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Prunus persica 'Contender'
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Contender sets large amounts of hardy, frost resistant buds, so thin it heavily for good size.  It is moderately resistant to bacteria spot.  The tree is vigorous and productive.  Requires about 1050 hours of chilling.

Almost all peaches are self-fertile and require no pollinators. They will set heavy crops on single trees, which need heavy and aggressive thinning early in the season for best fruit size. Maintain good vigor in peaches by pruning every year, and fertilizing moderately. Aim for 1-3 feet of new growth a year. Fertilize early in the season, so that growth is well hardened off before fall and winter cold weather.


A Little History about Contender Peach

Contender was bred in North Carolina and was introduced in 1988. 

Prunus persica 'Contender' Characteristics & Attributes

Bloom Character
Thin early for size
Thin heavily for size
Late blooming
Disease Resistance
Bacterial spot tolerant
Fruit Characteristics
Large fruit
Growth Rate/Habit
Early to bear
Very productive
Spreading habit
Average vigor
Harvest Period
Other Attributes
Very juicy
Site Requirements
Full Sun
Frost Resistant
Very hardy
Winter hardy
Skill Required
Easy to grow
Good for pies
Canning or freezing
High dessert quality
Cooking or baking