History: Reliance peaches were developed in a breeding program at the Agricultural
Extension Station in New Hampshire, where it was grown from seed in 1956. In 1961, the Reliance seedling got its first trial by fire, or ice in this case, as a severe cold spell dropped temperatures to -32°C. That summer only Reliance produced fruit and it was clear that this was a cold hardy winner. This tenacious peach was released in 1964.
Why We Grow It: Reliance is a very hardy variety that can still fruit after a winter low of -32°C, perfect for Canadian growers. The fruit is medium-sized, the skin is a dull red colour over yellow, and the flesh is bright yellow with freestone pit. It also tastes great and the fruit can be eaten fresh or used in baking and preserves.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring.
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Very vigorous and cold hardy, produces good crops. Resistant to bacterial leaf spot.
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a peach tree of a different variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present
Flowering Time: Late
Ripens: Mid August
Storage: Keeps about a week in the fridge.
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, baking, preserving
Size including roots:
- 1m+ Whip grade: 100cm+
- Branched grade: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- <1m Whip grade: less than 100 cm
Bare Root Peach Trees
We are very pleased to be able to offer peach trees to our customers. They are both challenging and rewarding plants to grow. However, due to the unique challenges of growing peach trees, and the increased care required for their success, we regrettably cannot offer our standard 90 day guarantee on peaches. Please inspect your peach trees to your satisfaction when you pick them up at the nursery, or immediately upon arrival if they are shipped. For shipped trees, make your claim within 7 days of receipt of the trees. After 7 days of receipt, you will have been deemed to have accepted the trees in as-is condition.