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Nectarine trees

Nectarines are smooth-skinned peaches, and nectarine trees are grown in the same way although their requirements are slightly more demanding.

  • Garden Beauty

    Garden Beauty is a slow-growing dwarf nectarine variety, ideal for pot culture.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Flesh colour: Golden / Yellow
  • Lord Napier

    Lord Napier nectarine trees
    Lord Napier is the best white-fleshed nectarine for the UK climate.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
  • Mesembrine®

    Mesembrine is a sweet-flavoured flat nectarine with yellow flesh.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Flesh colour: Golden / Yellow
  • Nectarella

    Nectarella nectarine trees
    Nectarella is a genetic dwarf nectarine, ideal for growing in a pot.
  • Pineapple

    Despite the name, Pineapple is actually a yellow-fleshed nectarine, ripening in early September.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Flesh colour: Golden / Yellow

How to choose Nectarine trees

Nectarines are essentially smooth-skinned peaches. They can be grown successfully in the southern parts of the UK, but for best results they should be planted in a shelted location in full sun.

Most nectarines are self-fertile, but cross-polinate readily with other nectarines and also peaches.

All nectarines are susceptible to peach-leaf curl, a fungal infection which causes the leaves to curl up in early spring. Although not harmful to the tree in the longer term, a severe infection will prevent the tree cropping. The problem is easily avoided by covering the tree with horticultural fleece in winter and early spring - since the infection is spread in rain drops.

As with peaches, be careful not to over-water nectarines.