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Prunus persica var. nectarina 'Lord Napier' (F) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red and Pale Yellow in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

nectarine 'Lord Napier'

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

Nectarine 'Lord Napier' has pale yellow and crimson fruits that are juicy and have a good flavour. Cropping is in early August

Synonym(s)

  • Prunus persica 'Lord Napier'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained soil in full sun and in a sheltered position. Compact forms such as 'Necterella' can be grown in a container in a John Innes No 2 compost. Nectarines are self-fertile, so a pollination partner is not needed

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Nectarines can be propagated by seed, but the resulting fruit is rarely as good a quality as the parent. They are usually propagated by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Train fan-trained and Prune established fans. Alternatively, grow as a free-standing tree; pruning is the same as that for pruning acid cherries

Pests

Aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and brown scale can be problematic, especially on wall-trained or glasshouse-grown nectarines

Diseases

Protect nectarines from peach leaf curl which is the main problem. Silver leaf, brown rot and replant disease can also occur