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Lord Napier Nectarine Tree
Lord Napier (Prunus 'Lord Napier') is an old English nectarine variety, first introduced in 1860. One of the earliest and largest of all the nectarines. The skin has a very dark crimson cheek in full sun. Its flesh is very white, melting and very juicy. The flesh separates well from the stone (freestone). (Sawbridgeworth 1860)
Type of Nectarine: Eating
Time of Picking: Early August
Fertility: Lord Napier is a self-fertile nectarine, therefore only one tree is required for pollination to provide fruit.
This tree is available on a Semi-Vigorous St Julien Rootstock meaning the tree will reach an ultimate height of 3.6 metres.
Lord Napier is supplied in a 7-12 litre container which means it can be planted at any time of year, not forgetting that regular watering is a pre-requisite especially in dry and warm/hot weather.
Our nectarine trees are grown in the UK so they are well-suited to UK climatic conditions.
We will include a message card included at no additional cost if required.
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Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Growing Our Trees In The UK
To date, we have checked the passports of our trees and none seem to have sneaked off for non UK holidays so all are UK grown.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Fruit Tree Heights
Taller does not mean more value for money. A 1 year old fruit tree can easily be substantially higher than a 2 year old, this is because they are hard pruned at 1 year old to create the desired shape. Some trees have over 100cm of height removed. They can then have another pruning at 2 years old to increase fruit growing real estate. Most fruit trees will benefit from having a third to half of the seasons new growth cut back in the Autumn to prevent long whippy branches which break easily. Age and pruning completed determine real value.
Important Nectarine Fruit Tree information
All our Nectarine trees are delivered in containers offering the advantage of you being able to plant ALL YEAR ROUND. By leaving them in the container or pot outside over winter (October to March) you run the risk of killing them unless you put them in a heated conservatory or greenhouse.
We advise planting as soon as you receive them unless there is a frost.