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Bare Root Nectarines
Nectarines and peaches are very similar – the trees look alike, they are susceptible to the same insects and diseases and both can have either yellow or white flesh. They also both have a wide range of climate adaptability and many subtle taste distinctions. Botanically, peaches are Prunus persica and nectarines are Prunus persica nucipersica. There are, however, some notable differences. Nectarines do not have fuzzy skin and they have a very distinctive flavor all their own.
The most recent breakthroughs in nectarine breeding involve the white fleshed varieties. The Zaiger family, who have introduced many new fruit varieties in the last twenty years, are responsible for the Arctic series which includes Arctic Blaze, Arctic Glo, Arctic Jay, Arctic Queen, Arctic Rose and Arctic Star. These are all delicious white fleshed nectarines. The ripening season starts with Arctic Star (the lowest chill variety) in mid to late June and ends with Arctic Blaze which ripens in late August.
Arctic Star Nectarine - Standard
Earliest to ripen of the white fleshed nectarines. Low in acid, super sweet with no tartness. Semi-freestone, snow white flesh with beautiful dark red skin. Rave reviews in trial tastings. Ripens mid to late June. Zones 7 to 10. Low chill, only 300 hours. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 9332 (Zaiger). Available on Nema.
Fantasia Nectarine - Standard
Popular yellow freestone nectarine with large fruit. Harvest firm-ripe and tangy or soft-ripe and sweet with rich flavor. High scoring in taste tests. Ripens in late July/early August. Zones 6 to 9. 500 hrs. or less. Self-fruitful. Available on Lov.
Snow Queen Nectarine - Standard
Taste test winner. Sweet, juicy, early season white freestone nectarine; longtime favorite in southern Calif. Ripens in late June, 2-3 weeks before Babcock. Zones 8 to 10. 250-300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Nema.
Jolly Red Giant Nectarine - Standard
Very large fruit if properly thinned. Freestone with delicious flavor. Skin is bright orange-red over yellow. Ripens mid July in Central California. Zones 6 to 9. 4-500 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger) Available on Lov.
Garden Delight Miniature Nectarine
Large yellow freestone nectarine with sweet, delicious, refreshing flavor. Ripens in mid August. Heavy bearing 5-6 ft. tree, easily covered to protect from frost. Zones 6 to 9. 500 hrs. or less. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger) Available on: Lov.
Necta Zee Miniature Nectarine
Sweet, firm, flavorful, yellow freestone nectarine with beautiful red skin. Best self-fruitful miniature nectarine. Ripens mid June to early July. Strong, vigorous tree to 6 feet. Zones 6 to 9. 400 hrs. or less. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 6283 (Zaiger). Available on: Lov.
Arctic Glo Nectarine - Semi-dwarf
Exciting sprightly sweet, early season white nectarine. High scoring in taste tests; nice balance of sugar and acid with very appealing flavor. Has red skin and very unusual crimson streaked white clingstone flesh. Highly recommended for home orchards. Ripens late June/early July. Zones 6 to 9. 400-500 hrs. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 7884 (Zaiger). Available on Cit.