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Intrepid Peach on BY520-9. Nematode Resistant Peach/nectarine (Spring 2024)


A late-blooming, extremely cold-hardy, freestone peach.

An outstanding cold-climate peach, Intrepid blooms late so that it avoids most frosts. Additionally, it's flower buds will survive freezing temperatures even at full bloom. The tree is coldhardy to -20° F, and it is highly resistant to bacterial leaf spot. Growers should note the long chill hours requirement. This variety is self-fertile and a second variety is not required as a pollenizer.

Intrepid sacrifices nothing to coldhardines: it produces an attractive red fruit that is larger and firmer than that of Reliance (one of its parents). The texture of the flesh is also improved. This peach is fully freestone and it makes a great canner.

Intrepid was developed at the Sandhills Research Station in NC. It was crossed in 1987 and selected in 1990.

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An outstanding cold-climate peach, Intrepid blooms late so that it avoids most frosts. Additionally, it's flower buds will survive freezing temperatures even at full bloom. The tree is coldhardy to -20° F, and it is highly resistant to bacterial leaf spot. Growers should note the long chill hours requirement. This variety is self-fertile and a second variety is not required as a pollenizer.

Intrepid sacrifices nothing to coldhardines: it produces an attractive red fruit that is larger and firmer than that of Reliance (one of its parents). The texture of the flesh is also improved. This peach is fully freestone and it makes a great canner.

Intrepid was developed at the Sandhills Research Station in NC. It was crossed in 1987 and selected in 1990.


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 (Reliance x Biscoe)
Origin: Sandhills Research Station, Jackson Springs, NC
Introduced in: 1999
Introduced by: NC State University

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 1050
Ripening date: Aug 22 (approximate, in New York State) +14 days after Redhaven

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: BY520-9. Nematode resistant peach/nectarine Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)
Tree spacing: See details
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Bacterial Spot: Very Resistant






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