Lord Napier is an early and large nectarine, reasonably suitable for the sunnier parts of the UK. The skin has a very dark crimson cheek in full sun.
Whilst most English nectarines tend to be yellow-fleshed, Lord Napier is a white-fleshed variety. It is also a "freestone" - in other words the flesh does not cling to the stone.
Lord Napier is best grown on a south-facing wall if possible, or in a very sunny aspect.
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Insofar as any nectarine is suited to the UK climate, this is it. It is self-fertile so no pollination partner is required, and ripens in early August.
Like all nectarines and peaches Lord Napier is susceptible to peach-leaf curl. It is best to cover the tree in late winter and early spring with a horticultural fleece to keep rain splashes off it.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Lord Napier was developed by the famous Rivers nursery at Sawbridgeworth, UK, 1860. It is thought to a smooth-skinned seedling of a peach called Early Albert.