Varieties for Utah - Nectarine

Variety Fruit size Harvest Time
Uses Zone Extra Information
Double Delight Medium Jul Fresh Consumption 6b-10  
Fantasia Fairly large Late Jul to early Aug Baking and canning 5-9 hardy to -20 Requires thinning for better crop
Flavortop Large Mid Jul Baking and fresh consumption 5-9 Fragrant flowers
Gold Mine Medium Mid Aug Fresh consumption 5-9 hardy to -20  
Hardired Medium Aug Fresh consumption 4-9 hardy to -30  
Harko   Aug Fresh consumption 5-9

Independence Medium to large Jul Baking, fresh consumption, canning 5-9 hardy to -15  
Mericrest Medium Mid Aug Fresh consumption  5-8 hardy to -28  
Pacific Pride   Aug Fresh consumption 5-9 hardy to -20 Resistant to peach leaf curl
Red Gold Large Aug Baking and fresh consumption 5-9 hardy to -20 Fruit is crack resistant
Sunglo Large Early Aug Fresh consumption, canning, freezing 5-8 hardy to -28 Easy to grow variety

Double Delight
– Medium, freestone, dark red fruit. Sweet, with unusually rich flavor, great for eating. Ripens in July. Has double pink flowers in the spring.  Heavy bearing tree. Good choice for milder climates. Self-pollinating. Zone 6b-10.

Fantasia – Fairly large, freestone, brighter yellow skin covered with a red blush, yellow flesh is firm and smooth. Good fruit for baking and canning. Ripens in late July to early August. Vigorous, productive tree. Requires thinning for better crop.  When fruit is picked early it has a sweet-tart flavor. Self-pollinating. Zone 5-9 hardy to - 20.

Flavortop – Large, freestone,  red  over a yellow background. Produces a yellow, firm, very flavorful, flesh. Its taste makes for an excellent fresh eater and great to put into pies and desserts. Ripens in mid July.  A productive tree that has showy fragrant flowers in the spring.  Self-pollinating. Zone 5-9.

Gold mine – Large, freestone, red blushed over white. White, flesh has good flavor and great for fresh eating. Ripens in mid August. Tree is vigorous and productive.  Low chilling requirements. Self-pollinating.  Zone 5-9 hardy to -20.

Hardired – Medium, freestone,  yellow skin with a red blush has yellow flesh. Good to eat fresh.  Ripens in August. The tree is productive, reliable and carefree. It is known as being hardier than the average nectarine.  Self-pollinating. Zone 4-9 hardy to -30.

Harko – Freestone red skin fruit with yellow flesh. Good for eating fresh. Ripens in August. Cold hardy Canadian variety that has showy, large, single pink blossoms.  It can adapt to a variety of soil types. Productive tree and usually good to thinning to get larger fruit. Self- pollinating. Zone 5-9

Independence – Medium to large, freestone cherry-red skin fruit. Yellow, flesh is firm, never softens. Fruit ripens in July. It is a very reliable producer. Showy flowers.  Fairly hardy tree, blossom buds are fairly frost hardy.  The fruit is good for fresh eating, desserts, pies, canning and other preserves.  Self-pollinating. Zone 5-9 hardy to -15

Mericrest – Medium, freestone, red skin fruit.  Bright-yellow flesh with excellent flavor and great quality. Great for eating fresh.   Ripens mid August.  Considered one of the best variety for northern climates, tree can withstand temperatures to -28°F.   Self-pollinating. Zone 5-8

Pacific Pride – Red skin with white flesh.   A new variety that bears abundant crops. Fruit is juicy and great for fresh eating. Ripens in August. Holds up well in cold storage. It appears to be very resistant to Peach Leaf Curl. Zone 5- 9 hardy to -20

Red Gold – Large, freestone, red gold skin. Rich flavorful yellow flesh. Great for baking and fresh consumption. Ripens in August. Fruit is crack resistant.  Fruit has a good shelf life. Productive tree with beautiful pink flowers in the spring.  Buds are hardy. Self- pollinating. Zone 5-9 hardy to -20

Sunglo – Large, freestone, red skin with yellow blush, yellow flesh. Ripens in early August.  Sweet flavor that is great for eating fresh, canning, and freezing. Hardy and vigorous.  Sunglo Nectarine doesn't need much care to produce good harvests. Known to be an easier to grow nectarine. Requiring less fertilizer and pruning. Self-Pollinating. Zone 5-8 hardy to -28