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Mericrest Nectarine

A Top Choice for Northern Growers
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Mericrest Nectarine

Produces plenty of attractive, dark red, smooth-skinned fruits with firm yellow fresh and a mild, slightly tangy flavor. This freestone variety is excellent for eating fresh and cans well too. Ripens in mid to late August. One of the hardiest nectarine varieties available, Mericrest can take temperature to -14 degrees F. without loss of crop. Resistant to brown rot and leaf spot. Requires 800 chill hours. Self-pollinating, but produces even larger yields with another peach or nectarine variety. Zones 5-8.
Product Details
  • FormDeciduous, spreading.
  • LightFull Sun
  • HeightStandard: 16 feet
  • SpreadStandard: 18 feet
  • SpacingStandard: 16 feet -- Reachables: 8 - 12 feet
  • Zones5 - 8 (-10° F.)
  • FoliageDark green, long narrow leaves.
  • Flower Form1-inch, pink blossoms.
  • ColorWhite
  • BloomsApril
  • FruitMild, slightly tangy freestone fruit with dark redskin and golden flesh.
  • Soil RequirementsWell-drained, fertile, organic soil.
  • Growth RateMedium growth rate.
  • PruningNectarine trees need to be pruned to optimize fruit production and allow light into the tree. Most home gardeners do not prune their trees enough. Pruning encourages new growth and shapes the tree. Prune nectarines hard, removing most of the previous year's growth. Fruit will be produced on the previous year's wood, so leave enough to ensure a good crop, but not overburden the tree. Removing interior branches opens up the tree and allows sunlight to penetrate to lower branches.
  • PollinatorSelf-pollinating, yields better with another peach or nectarine variety.
  • CommentsThe hardiest nectarine. 800 chill hours. Can take temperatures to -14 degrees F. without loss of crop.-20 degrees F. Smooth dark red skin. Firm yellow freestone flesh. Excellent quality. Resistant to brown rot and leaf spot.
  • YieldStandard: Approximately 3 - 6 bushels at maturity
  • Botanical NamePrunus persica 'Mericrest'
  • Size1 inch blossoms.
  • DepthLocate the planting depth indicator, the marked line above the tree's root system.
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