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Flavortop Nectarine

Prunus persica 'Flavortop'

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Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

12-15 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full Sun


12-15 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

June to August

Fruit Color:

White with red blush

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus persica 'Flavortop'

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Most Highly Rated Nectarine Flavor Available

If you haven't eaten a home-grown nectarine freshly picked from a Flavortop tree in your own garden, then you might as well have never eaten a nectarine. Commercially grown nectarines are typically harvested too early in an effort to prevent bruising during shipping to your local grocer.

Nectarines should always be tree-ripened and picked while still firm, but fiery red and aromatic. The start of Flavortop's season has this nectarine tree flaunting can remarkably handsome blossoms that are the color of pink cotton candy. These lovely flowers are large and fragrant, leaving your garden area lightly perfumed with the fresh scent of springtime.

In the 3rd or 4th year, Flavortop will begin to provide you with your first nectarines to harvest around mid-summer. These nectarines are large and juicy, with flesh that is yellow, sweet and divinely delicious. Experts consider Flavortop to have the most highly rated nectarine for flavor available. These dessert quality fruit make for supreme pies and cobblers, and can even be popped in your juicer.

The Flavortop Nectarine tree has a large growing zone, and is hardy and vigorous. The average mature height for this tree falls within the range of 12-15 feet, but it can sometimes grow even taller. Annual pruning will help in maintaining a desired size for this tree, as well as encourage new growth.

In addition, an unpruned tree will set an enormous crop of very small fruit the season after pruning is absent. So, to achieve the maximum production of a healthy crop of large fruit, it's important to trim away old growth each year starting from the center of the tree. As with most nectarine trees, the Flavortop tree needs full sun to produce the best quality fruit. It adapts easily to basic well-drained soil and regular fertilization.

This tree is self-fertile, so you only need one to tree to produce fruit. But they are so pretty, that two flanking a garden entrance would be spectacular. If you're a nature lover, you'll love Flavortop for its ability to attract hummingbirds and butterflies like a magnet.

Our Flavortop Nectarine tree will make a marvelous addition to any home orchard. Order yours today, while supplies last.

Flavortop Nectarine Pollination

Flavortop Nectarine are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Flavortop Nectarine will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Loving fast growing trees! I ordered the flavortop nectarine tree, it came well packaged. The tree looked strong healthy and even had pink blossoms. I am so excited!!! I do hope it does well. Everything I have gotten so far from FGT has been great quality! I can't wait for the harvest!!
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
Flavortop Nectarine
The tree is wonderful! It's growing realy well and look healthy. I ordered it later on this season so has not fruit. Next year hopefully! Looking forward to see it in flower next spring!
July 30, 2015
Rockville, MD
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Flavortop Nectarine

Flavortop Nectarine Planting Diretions

The Flavortop Nectarine (Prunus persica 'Flavortop') is the most highly rated nectarine for its flavor. It’s recommended for a wide range of growing zones, 5-9 and reaches a mature height of 12-15 feet and width of 10-15 feet. Prune your tree every year to ensure a healthier crop with larger fruits. In spring, the large pink and fragrant flowers are sure to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The nectarines are large, with a smooth red skin and flavorful, juicy, yellow flesh. The fruit are ready for harvesting in mid to late summer and are perfect for pies, cobblers and other desserts. Not only are they delicious, but they are packed with vitamins A and C and potassium.

Location: Plant your nectarine tree in well-drained soil in a location where it will receive full sun (at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day). Heavy winds and early frosts can damage the blossoms, so be sure to protect your tree by planting on the sunniest side of a building or your home.

Planting Instructions: Select an area where your soil drains well and the tree will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.

1) Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Amend the soil around the hole with compost to ensure the tree has proper drainage.
2) Place your tree inside the hole making sure it is sitting straight and that the graft is 2 inches above the soil line.
3) Cover the roots with soil, watering occasionally as you go along to remove any air pockets that may have formed. Gently pat the soil down until the roots are completely covered.
4) Broadcast mulch around the base to conserve soil moisture and keep competing growth back.

Watering: Keep the soil around the tree moist, but not saturated. Standing water around the roots can cause rot damage and kill your tree. Typically watering once a week by leaving a hose at the base of the tree for a couple of hours is sufficient. Once the soil around the tree has dried, water the tree again. During times of extreme heat, your tree may need additional water. Yellowing of the leaves is a sign of over watering while leaves that are dry and brown can be a sign of under watering.

Fertilization: After your tree has been in the ground for 6 weeks and the dangers of frost has passed, apply a well balanced balanced fertilizer formula such as 12-12-12 but be sure to follow the application instructions on the packaging. This should be done in the spring and summer.

Pruning: Your nectarine will need to be pruned the first two years in order to maintain an open center shape and encourage fruit production. Prune your tree in late winter or early spring using pruning shears and making your cuts at a 45-degree angle. Trim away any broken/dead branches and any that are criss-crossing by making your cut right below the dead wood. To achieve the open center shape, prune your tree so that the center section has only two or three main branches that will receive plenty of sunlight.

Pests: Check your tree regularly for insects and diseases. Caterpillars can form nests (egg sacs) on the tree which should be picked off immediately and spray your tree with a horticultural oil or an insecticide. Fungus can be treated by spraying a fungicide on the tree while it’s blooming.

Tips: Once your tree begins to fruit, thin your nectarines out to allow each 8 inches in space to grow and mature properly. Thinning out your fruit will help to increase your overall production. Nectarines on the top and outside of the tree will likely be ready to pick first.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Do you ship to California? Last time I tried to buy this and my order had to be cancelled because I live in California.
R J on Nov 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into you state.
can this neterine plant be grown in a pot?
jbro4323 on Apr 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Nectarines do not prefer to be planted in pots.

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