Nectarines

The nectarine is simply a fuzzless peach. Peach trees sometimes produce nectarines as sports, and nectarine trees will produce fuzzy peach sports. The two plants are nearly identical, but nectarines are generally more susceptible to brown rot. Gardeners in the South may have trouble with the disease because hot humid weather encourages it. You will have to spray regularly to control it. Otherwise, nectarines require the same care as peaches.

Early Varieties

  • Earliblaze' This is a me-dium-sized, clingstone, yellow-fleshed fruit that ripens ahead of the 'Redhaven' peach. It has red skin and a prominent suture (seam down the length of the fruit). Good for the North and South. Origin: California. 'Independence' This me-dium-sized, oval fruit has brilliant cherry-red skin. The freestone flesh is yellow and firm. The tree is productive and moderately vigorous, with showy flowers. It will take warm winters. Good for the South and West. Origin: California.
  • Pocahontas' The medium to large oval fruit is bright red. The semifreestone flesh is yellow, slightly stringy, and of good quality. This variety resists brown rot and frost during the blossoming season. The flowers are not showy. Good for the North and South. Origin: Virginia.
  • Silver Lode' The skin of this fruit is red. The freestone flesh is white and sweet and of good texture. The tree requires little chilling. Good for the South and West. Origin: California.
Nectarine Earliblaze Picture
'Earliblaze'
  • Sungold' This medium-sized freestone has red skin and firm yellow flesh. It is a moderate-chill (555 hours below 45° F) variety and has some resistance to brown rot. Good for the South. Origin: Florida.
  • Sunred' This low-chill nectarine (300 hours below 45° F) is adapted to Florida and ripens there in May. It is a small, yellow-fleshed clingstone with red skin. Origin: Florida.

Midseason Varieties

  • Fantasia' This fairly large fruit has bright yellow skin covered up to two thirds with a red blush. The freestone flesh is yellow, firm, and smooth. The tree is vigorous and productive with showy flowers. It requires moderate chilling (500-600 hours below 45° F) and is susceptible to brown rot and bacterial leaf spot. Good for the South and West. Origin: California.
  • Flavortop' The large oval fruit is mostly red, with firm, smooth, freestone, yellow flesh. The tree is vigorous and productive with showy flowers and needs moderate winter cold. It is susceptible to brown rot- and bacterial leaf spot. Good for the South and West. Origin: California. 'Mericrest' An extremely winter hardy, yellow-fleshed, red-skinned nectarine with a large suture. It resists bacterial leaf spot and brown rot. Good for the North. Origin: New Hampshire. 'Nectared 4' The fairly large fruit is yellow with a red blush over much of the surface. The semifreestone flesh is yellow. The tree is productive with showy flowers. Good for the North and South. Origin: New Jersey. 'Nectared 5' The large fruit is smooth with a blush covering most of the yellow skin. The yellow flesh is semifreestone until fully ripe, then freestone. The tree is productive. Good for the South. Origin: New Jersey.
  • Panamint' The fruit has a red skin, and the freestone flesh is yellow. The tree is vigorous and productive and needs little winter chilling. Good for the South and West. Origin: California. 'Pioneer' The fruit has a thin red skin. The freestone yellow flesh is red near the pit and has a rich, distinctive flavor. The tree requires little chilling and has large, showy blossoms. Good for the West, Locally available. Origin: California.
  • Redchief' This medium fruit is bright red and attractive. The flesh is freestone, white, and fairly firm. The tree is vigorous and productive, has showy flowers, and is very resistant to brown rot. Good for the South. Origin: Virginia.
Pocahontas Nectarines Tree
'Bonanza'

'Redgold' A hardy, firm, freestone nectarine with glossy red skin, resists brown rot and cracking, but is susceptible to mildew. Good for the North and South. Origin: California.

Late Varieties

'Cavalier' The medium fruit is orange-yellow with splashes and mottles of red. The yellow freestone flesh is firm, aromatic, and slightly bitter. The vigorous and productive tree has showy flowers and resists brown rot. Good for the North and South. Origin: Virginia. 'Fairlane' This very late ripening, red-skinned, yellow clingstone is good for the West. Origin: California. 'Flamekist' This is a large, red-skinned, yellow-fleshed, clingstone nectarine. It has moderate-chill requirements (500-600 hours below 45" F). It is unfortunately susceptible to brown rot and bacterial leaf spot. Good for the West. Origin: California. 'Gold Mine' The large fruit of this favorite old variety is white blushed with red. The juicy white freestone flesh has a sweet aroma and excellent flavor. It is a moderate-chill variety (500 hours below 45° F). Good for the West. Origin: New Zealand. 'Late Le Grand' The large clingstone fruit has yellow skin with a light red blush. This was the first large, firm, yellow commercial nectarine. The spreading tree is productive and has large, showy flowers. It is susceptible to brown rot and bacterial leaf spot. Good for the West. Origin: California.

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  • Leah Nussbaum
    What fruit is bright red and oval?
    7 years ago

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