Necta Zee Nectarine

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A genetically dwarf variety which produces smooth, deep red fruit with a sweet flavor in mid-summer; great for patio containers; susceptible to late spring freezes and disease, needs full sun and well-drained soil

Mature Height: 8 feetMature Width: 5 feetLight: Full Sun
 

Attracts,
Brand,
Brand,
Botanical Name,
Bulb Size,
Bulbs per Package,
Deer Resistant,
Evergreen or Deciduous,Deciduous
Family,
Family Name,Peach
Flower Color,
Bloom Time,Early Spring
Foliage Color,Green
Genus,
Genus Name,Prunus
Model,
Tomato Class,
Tomato Type,
Weather,
Days to Emerge,
Days to Maturity,
Edible,Yes
Features,
Growth Rate,Medium
Hardiness,
Hardiness Zone,5a
Harvest Season,Mid Summer
Landscape Uses,Accent, Orchard, Container
Light Needs,Full Sun
Mature Height,8 feet
Mature Width,5 feet
Prune Time,Late Winter Pruning
Self Pollinating,Self
Water Needs,Average to Moist
Waterwise,

 
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Essentials for Success

For flourishing plants, use potting soil for potted plants or planting mix for garden beds paired with Root Zone starter fertilizer is the perfect duo to foster robust root growth and minimize transplant shock.

Details

Edible Qualities

Necta Zee Nectarine is a medium-sized shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces cherry red round fruit (technically 'drupes') with hints of yellow and yellow flesh which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Preserves
  • Canning
Features

Necta Zee Nectarine is draped in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy cherry red drupes with hints of yellow, which are carried in abundance in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Messy
  • Insects
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Necta Zee Nectarine is sutiable for the following landscape applications:

  • Accent
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping
  • Container Planting

Care

Planting & Growing

Necta Zee Nectarine will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This shrub is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Necta Zee Nectarine is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.