Growth & Care
|USDA Plant Hardiness Zone||4b|
|Recommended Pruning Method||Late Winter Pruning|
Size & Shape
|Flower Period||In Mid Spring|
|Edible Use||Raw, Cooking, Baking, Preserves, C|
|Edible Harvest Period||In Mid Summer|
Contender Peach is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces gold round fruit (technically 'drupes') with a scarlet blush and yellow flesh which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.
The fruit are most often used in the following ways:
Fresh Eating, Cooking, Baking, Preserves, Canning
Features & Attributes
Contender Peach is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers with burgundy calyces along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy gold drupes with a scarlet blush, which are carried in abundance in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.
This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration,
Messy, Insects, Disease
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Contender Peach is sutiable for the following landscape applications,
Accent, General Garden Use, Orchard/Edible Landscaping
Planting & Growing
Contender Peach will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.
This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Negatives: Messy, Insects, Disease