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Nectarines

Origin

Nectarines are cultivated varieties derived from the species Prunus persica. The ancestral home for the species is the Tarim Basin in China. Humans have dispersed the species widely over several thousand years.

Characteristics

Nectarines are smooth skinned. The gene for smooth skin is recessive in prunus persica.

A wide variety of colours, textures and flavour type exists.

Skin colour ranges from pale white through to yellow and totally red in colour. 

Flesh colour ranges from white through to yellow gold coloured to bright orange.

Textures range from soft when ripe (dessert) through to rubbery when ripe (canning) to crunchy.

Taste ranges from sweet to aromatic and sub acid to strongly acidic.

Nectarine varieties have differing chill requirements to initiate good bloom and some low chill varieties flower very early and may not be suitable in cold districts, such as Central Otago. Conversely, high chill varieties may not suit the more northern districts as there is not enough chilling to initiate bloom.

Pollination

Nectarines are self fertile. Interspecific hybrids with Prunus persica are becoming more common.

 

McGrath Nurseries Ltd have imported a number of nectarine varieties from France, Italy and the USA and are actively seeking and trialing new varieties.

Information on a specific variety can be found on our variety sheets as well as on our maturity chart.

Nectarine Shapes of Fruit

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Oblong
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Ovate
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Rounded
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Slightly
Flat
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Asymmetric
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Symmetric
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Platycarpic

icon-nectarineNectarine Maturity Chart

 

NewZealand-Haistings

Maturity based on Hastings

The Maturity Chart is a general guide for each variety of Nectarine. The dates are based on Commercial Harvesting dates in Hastings.

If you are planting in a different district, please adjust these dates as below: 

  • Alexandra, Central Otago +21 days
  • Marlborough +3-4 days
  • Havelock +2 days
  • Twyford -7 days
  • BOP/Auckland +2-5 days

NOTE: We recommend that you obtain independent advice before you make any decisions in reliance on this chart... See our Maturity Disclaimer

 

TO VIEW VARIETY DETAILS - Select the variety name at the left of this chart to view the variety information sheet.

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  Variety Key Dates Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar
        21 25 29 3 7 11 15 19 23 27 31 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 1 5 9 13 17 21 25 1 5 9 13 17
  Mayfire NR 21/11-03/12 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                                    
  Mayglo   NR 22/11-08/12 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                                  
  Crimson Baby NR 3/12-15/12       icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                              
  Early Red 1 NR 15/12-22/2             icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                          
  Rose Diamond R 16/12-23/12             icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                          
icon-green Armredark NR 22/12-28/12                 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                      
icon-green Silverking® R 23/12-04/01                 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                    
icon-green Maylis® TA 23/12-04/01                 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                    
  Early Red 2 NR 25/12-04/01                   icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                    
  Maygrand NR 26/12-04/01                   icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                    
  Mary Emilia  NR 26/12-04/01                   icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                    
  Snow Queen NR 28/12-15/01                     icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                
icon-green NB1420 TA 04/01-12/01                       icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                                
  Firebright NR 05/01-21/01                       icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                            
  Queen Giant  NR 06/01-12-01                         icon-orange icon-orange                                
  Tasty Gold NR 10/01-19/01                         icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                            
  Springred NR 4/01-10/01                           icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                          
icon-green NB2024 TA 14/01-24/01                           icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                          
  Sunglo NR 20/01-28/01                               icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                        
  Redgold NR 23/01-02/02                                 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                      
icon-green Nectaross® R 25/01-03/02                                   icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                    
  Redfree NR 28/01-05/02                                   icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange                    
icon-green Venus® R 02/02-16/02                                     icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange              
  Fantasia NR 04/02-14/02                                       icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange              
icon-green YFN 13/02 TA 07/02-21/02                                         icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange            
  Late Fantasia NR 11/02-18/02                                           icon-orange icon-orange              
icon-green Orion® R 20/02-02/03                                               icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange        
  August Red NR 24/02-06/03                                                 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange      
  Fairlaine NR 27/02-15/03                                                 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange  

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Placeholder 220-x164An early bright red yellow fleshed nectarine

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nectarine-maylis 700x467 20130708 1373448096 A large white fleshed nectarine with exceptional flavour from France.  Exclusively available from McGrath Nurseries Ltd.

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Placeholder 220-x164A very early nectarine.  Small sized.

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Placeholder 220-x164Mayglo is an early maturing yellow fleshed nectarine with a smooth red skin.

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Placeholder 220-x164An attractive nectarine with a pretty red overcoat.  Sometimes lightly dusted with speckles.

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Placeholder 220-x164Early maturing yellow fleshed nectarine of small-medium size.  A very heavy cropper.

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Placeholder 220-x164Early maturing variety.  Exclusively available from McGrath Nurseries Ltd in New Zealand.  

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Placeholder 220-x164White fleshed nectarine which is a mutation of the Armstrong variety Armking that arose and has been imported from France.  Exclusively available from McGrath Nurseries Ltd.

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Placeholder 220-x164A good sized early season yellow fleshed nectarine

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Placeholder 220-x164Maygrand is an excellent tasting sub-acid nectarine with light but consistent cropping.

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Placeholder 220-x164Snow Queen is an old fashioned white fleshed nectarine with excellent flavour.

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Placeholder 220-x164A high quality eating, white fleshed, full acid nectarine from Escande Nurseries in France.  Esclusively available from McGrath Nurseries Ltd.

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Placeholder 220-x164A mid-season white fleshed nectarine.

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Placeholder 220-x164A mid-season tasty hellow fleshed nectarine.

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Placeholder 220-x164A mid-season heavy and regular cropping yellow fleshed nectarine.

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nectarine-nb2024 700x467 20130708 1870235533A white fleshed nectarine with excellent flavour. Exclusively available from McGrath Nurseries Ltd.

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Placeholder 220-x164One of the first yellow fleshed nectarines introduced.  Very reliable cropper.

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nectarine-redgold 700x467 20130708 1201372352An attractive large sized nectarine.

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Placeholder 220-x164A large, red skinned, yellow fleshed acid nectarine of excellent quality.  Exclusively available from McGrath Nurseries Ltd.

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Placeholder 220-x164A shiny bright red nectarine.  Crops well in most climates.

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nectarine-fantasia 700x467 20130708 1485641761An older good yellow fleshed nectarine, producing large fruit with good flavour.

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Placeholder 220-x164A new late yellow fleshed nectarine.  Very fine fleshed and looks to have excellent quality.

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Placeholder 220-x164An older yellow fleshed nectarine of good quality maturing after Fantasia.

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nectarine-orion 700x467 20130708 1266389857A late maturing, yellow fleshed acid nectarine.  Sourced as a replacement for Fairlane.  Esclusively available from McGrath Nurseries Ltd.

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Placeholder 220-x164A high yielding yellow fleshed late season nectarine.

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Placeholder 220-x164A very late yellow fleshed standard nectarine.

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Subcategories

Maturity Disclaimer

McGrath Nurseries Ltd have used their best endeavours to ensure this chart is accurate, however, it should be used as a guide only.

We do not accept any responsibility for harm, loss or damage caused or resulting from your use or reliance on any of the information contained in this chart in the event that any of that information is inaccurate or incomplete. Maturity information on some new varieties has been based totally on overseas data, not local experience and therefore may not be accurate.

We recommend that you obtain independent advice before you make any decisions in reliance on this chart and rely on your own inquiries in relation to any district performance relative to the standard timings indicated.

Regional Maturity

New-Zealand

This is a general guide for the maturity for each variety based on a specific area in New Zealand. For other districts, see the guides beside the maturity chart.

Apple, Peach, Plum and Nectarine dates in the Maturity Charts are based on Hastings.

Apricot and Cherry dates in the Maturity Charts are based on Alexandra, Central Otago.

Pear dates in the Maturity Charts are based in Nelson.

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Colour Key

icon-red Apples
icon-orange Apricot
icon-burgandy Cherry - Red Fleshed
icon-yellow Cherry - White Fleshed
icon-paleyellow Nectarines - Yellow Fleshed
icon-lightblue Nectarines - White Fleshed
icon-peach-yellow-fleshed Peach - Yellow Fleshed
icon-peach-White-Fleshed Peach - White Fleshed
icon-purple Plum
icon-beige Pear

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