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Peach, Reliance

Peach, Reliance

Prunus persica 'Reliance'

Family: Rosaceae

1/2-7/8 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root

~3-5 ft tall at sale.

Sourced from New York

  • General Information

    Recommended Spacing (ft) 12 - 15
    Mature Width (ft) 12 - 15
    Mature Height (ft) 12 - 20
    Annual Growth Rate (in) ~ 24
    Pollination Needs Self-pollinating, yield increases with multiple trees
    Bloom Time May to June
    Ripens/Harvest Early August
    Soil pH 6.0 - 6.5
    Soil Type Loamy
    Soil Moisture Well-drained
    Sun Preference Full Sun
    Taste Sweet
    Texture Juicy


  • Description

    Reliance Peach trees are very hardy with a heavy crop production. It is great for cold climates (up to zone 4, all but the highest areas of VT’s NEK) and produces a medium-large, orange-red fruit that ripens in early August. The peaches are soft and juicy with a sweet, classically peachy flavor, and they are great for canning. The tree will grow 12-20 feet tall and bears pink flowers in early spring.


    Bred in the 1950s by Dr. Meader at the University of New Hampshire for cold hardiness, surviving up to -25F. 


    Disease: Senstitive to very wet soils.


    Pruning:  Early Spring



    • Year 1: Avoid fertilizer  
    • Subsequent years: Feed twice a year, Once in April and again in May
    • Fertilizer: 10-10-10 is sufficient
  • Resources

    The University of Maine has released a Bulletin about growing peach trees, which is also helpful to Vermonters. Read the Bulletin Here

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