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Challenger Peach on Guardian® (Spring 2021)


A very cold-hardy, freestone peach with excellent disease resistance. Also known as NC-C3-68.

Challenger is very cold hardy. Its flowers buds, bloom, and young fruit all demonstrate high tolerance for freezing temperatures. This tree also has excellent resistance to bacterial spot. It is self-fertile and does not need a second variety present as a pollenizer.

Challenger is an improved descendent of Reliance. It has a larger fruit with more attractive coloring, firmer flesh, and improved texture. The peaches are medium sized with a red, low fuzz skin. 

Crossed in 1987 and selected in 1990, this cultivar is a cross of Redhaven with a breeding selection derived from Reliance and Biscoe. It was developed by NCSU.

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Challenger is very cold hardy. Its flowers buds, bloom, and young fruit all demonstrate high tolerance for freezing temperatures. This tree also has excellent resistance to bacterial spot. It is self-fertile and does not need a second variety present as a pollenizer.

Challenger is an improved descendent of Reliance. It has a larger fruit with more attractive coloring, firmer flesh, and improved texture. The peaches are medium sized with a red, low fuzz skin. 

Crossed in 1987 and selected in 1990, this cultivar is a cross of Redhaven with a breeding selection derived from Reliance and Biscoe. It was developed by NCSU.

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The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Peach
Subcategory: Freestone, Cold-Hardy, Disease-Resistant

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Redhaven x (NC001, NC002, NC003 [Reliance x Biscoe])
Origin: Sandhills Research Station, Jackson Springs, NC
Introduced in: 1999
Introduced by: NC State University

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 9
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Aug 15 (approximate, in New York State) +7 days after Redhaven

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Guardian® Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 35'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Bacterial Spot: Very Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Triploid
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Challenger Peach on Guardian®. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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Veteran Peach on Bailey 2021 0
Reliance Peach on Lovell 2021 0
Redhaven Peach on Bailey 2021 0
PF 19-007 Peach on Bailey 2021 0
PF 5D Big Peach on Bailey 2021 0
TangOs® (Yellow Peento) Peach on Lovell 2021 0
BuenOs™ II Peach on Lovell 2021 0
Galaxy Peach on Lovell 2021 0
Desiree® Peach on Lovell 2021 0

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