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Prunus persica var. nectarina Lord Napier



The best nectarine for growing in UK gardens

The best variety of nectarine to grow in UK gardens. The delicious fruits ripen early with thin gold and red flushed skins and sweet, white, juicy flesh that is just full of flavour. Delicate pink blossom appears on the bare, straight twigs before the leaves unfurl. A great choice for a warm, sheltered spot; ideal near a high wall or fence.


Plant in full sun in a sheltered situation. Can be grown in a large pot or in the open ground.


Any well-drained fertile soil; best on slightly alkaline soils or chalk. Prune if necessary in summer after the fruit has been picked, never in winter. Stake and tie securely when planting. Protect from winter rainfall to prevent peach leaf curl from disfiguring the foliage.

Although the botanical name suggests necarines are from Persia they probably originated in China where they have been cultivated since early times

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Ideal for walls & trellis & arches & pergolas

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting August - August
Cropping August - August

Typically available

From April to September