Nectarine Trees

NECTARINE

(Prunus persica var. nucipersica)

Nectarine trees will grow in most areas of southern Australia, but they’ll do especially well in the cooler regions as many varieties need a nice cold winter to fruit well.

Plant them in full sun and in very well-draining, nutrient rich soil to help them thrive. Regular feeding 3 – 4 times per year with a good, complex fertiliser will help them thrive, if they’re in the right climate. Any good quality, organic feed for fruit & vegetables will do the trick.

Things to look out for with nectarine trees is a fungal disease called “Peach Leaf Curl”. This can look like curly, deformed leaves with a pink growth on them. Click here for some preventative measures if you’re considering a nectarine tree for your garden.

Nectarines are self-pollinating. The fruit can range in size and commonly has white or yellow flesh, though some varieties can even be quite pink or red inside, too.

They’re a crisp, juicy, sweet fruit and generally fall into two categories: ‘Freestone‘ where the flesh comes away from the pit easily, leaving it relatively clean and ‘Clingstone‘ where the flesh clings tightly to the pit.

Dwarf trees will produce the same size fruit as their full-size counterparts and, when they’re mature, they can bear quite heavily so staking dwarf trees to help support the branches is recommended.


Fullsize Varieties

$59.50

Max Height: 4 – 5m

  • Fantasia
  • Goldmine

Dwarf
Varieties

$69.50

Max Height: 2 – 2.5m

  • Crimson Baby
  • Early Rivers
  • Fantasia
  • Flavortop
  • Goldmine
  • Nectared
  • Royal Gem
  • Tuscany

Super Dwarf
Varieties

$69.50

Max Height: 1.5m

  • Sunset

Nectarine Variety Information

Click on the names below for more details about our nectarine range, as well as pollination information.

Crimson Baby Nectarine Information

Crimson Baby is a popular backyard nectarine. The tree is relatively compact and produces a medium-sized fruit with a nice, smooth skin that’s mostly speckled red over a yellow background. The inner flesh is firm, sweet and juicy.

Clingstone variety (flesh clings more firmly to the stone)

Inner flesh colour: Yellow

Fruit ripens: November – December

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Early Rivers Nectarine Information

Early Rivers is an old variety of nectarine and tends to bear fruit on the small to medium side. The skin is a lovely bright red over a yellow background. The inner flesh is juicy, tender, and very sweet with a good flavour.

The Early Rivers is also a higher chill variety, meaning it needs a decently cold winter to produce fruit, so it may not be ideal for certain regions like coastal areas.

Freestone variety (flesh comes away easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: White

Fruit ripens: December – January

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Fantasia Nectarine Information

Fantasia nectarines are a relatively large fruit with a solid red skin over a yellowish background. The flesh is firm and crisp when picked early. It can be quite juicy and has a great, sweet flavour.

Freestone variety (flesh comes away easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: Yellow

Fruit ripens: February to March

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Flavortop Nectarine Information

The Flavortop nectarine was developed in Fresno, California in 1969. It produces large fruit with a smooth, deep red skin over a pale to golden yellow background. The inner flesh is firm, juicy, and sweet with a lovely strong flavour. Flavortops are one of the most popular nectarines based on their taste alone.

Freestone variety (flesh comes away easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: Yellow

Fruit ripens: January

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Goldmine Nectarine Information

The Goldmine nectarine is a medium sized, round fruit with smooth red speckled skin over a yellow background. The inner flesh is firm, sweet and juicy with a nice flavour.

Freestone variety (flesh comes away easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: White

Fruit ripens: February

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Nectared Nectarine Information

The Nectared nectarine tree produces a decently large, round fruit with light red skin that can be pretty uniform all over. It has a firm inner flesh that will soften as it ripens and has a good, sweet flavour.

Freestone variety (flesh comes away easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: Yellow

Fruit ripens: December – January

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Royal Gem Nectarine Information

The Royal Gem can produce medium-sized, round nectarines. They have a lovely deep red skin over a creamy coloured background. The inner flesh is firm and juicy with a sweet and aromatic flavour.

Semi-Freestone variety (flesh comes away somewhat easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: White with a pink tinge

Fruit ripens: December

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Sundowner Nectarine Information

Sundowners have a somewhat lower chill requirement, meaning it may produce a good amount of fruit, even in warmer climates like the Sydney region. They’re a medium-sized, round fruit with red skin over a yellow to orange background. Nice firm flesh with sweet and juicy flavour.

Freestone variety (flesh comes away easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: Yellow

Fruit ripens: February – March

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Sunset Nectarine Information

The Sunset nectarine is low-chill requiring nectarine which means it can produce fruit even in warmer climates like the Sydney region. The fruit is medium sized with a dark red and yellow skin. The inner flesh is firm, sweet and juicy.

Clingstone variety (flesh clings more firmly to the stone)

Inner flesh colour: Yellow

Fruit ripens: From November (Subtropical areas) or from January (cooler climates)

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Tuscany Nectarine Information

The Tuscany nectarine tree can produce medium to large sized, round fruit. It has a deep red skin with hints of orange. The inner flesh is tender and juicy with a sweet and aromatic flavour.

Freestone variety (flesh comes away easily from the stone)

Inner flesh colour: White

Fruit ripens: February

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

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