Hardired Nectarine

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Productive, reliable and carefree. This variety is disease-resistant (especially to bacterial spot and brown rot) making it easy to grow, and it is very productive — thin the bountiful fruit crop for bigger nectarines. Fruits feature firm, yellow, flavorful flesh. Semi-freestone. Originates from Ontario, Canada, introduced in 1974. Ripens in August. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Good
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow nectarine trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Already have one and it does great in my area
Margaret B on Jan 23, 2021
Crunchy and sweet
Virginia M on Jul 29, 2020
Already have one and it does great in my area
Margaret B on Jan 23, 2021
Disease resistance and good reviews.
Vicman on Dec 4, 2020
Crunchy and sweet
Virginia M on Jul 29, 2020
My "Stark" orchard (21 trees in all) did not have my grand daughter's favorite -- nectarines! Now all of my grand kids have their own trees!
Tammi S on Jun 24, 2020
My husband asked for a dwarf nectarine tree. I found this one on Google and it had excellent reviews, so we are giving it shot.
MIsty H on May 16, 2019
Prefer a cold hardy tree that is smaller as don't need a huge crop
Herbert G on Apr 26, 2019
Small shade tree
Debra S on Apr 19, 2019
Because I liked the specifications and the prospect of it growing well and producing much fruit in our area.
William M T on Mar 19, 2019
What a treat to have piles of yummy stone fruit right at home.
Kate N on Mar 12, 2019
Hardired nectarine has disease-resistance, and was available as a dwarf tree.
Ruth C on Feb 16, 2019
From the information supplied by your web site.
Randy K on Jan 17, 2019
Disease resistant to brown rot.
NHIEN L on Jan 5, 2017
We have had a miniature nectarine from your company before and it produced fruit for years.
Helen S H on Mar 23, 2016
Because it is disease resistant. Other nectarine trees have not done well on my property.
ROB B on Mar 6, 2016
Disease resistance and good reviews.
Vicman on Dec 4, 2020
My "Stark" orchard (21 trees in all) did not have my grand daughter's favorite -- nectarines! Now all of my grand kids have their own trees!
Tammi S on Jun 24, 2020
What is the chilling hours for the Hardired Nectarines?
Kevin W on Feb 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The chill hours for Hardired is a maximum of 700 and 600 is probably OK.
How big does this dwarf tree get?
Crystal W on May 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Dwarf fruit trees mature 8-10 feet tall.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
this tree will grow after -20?
frankie on Oct 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The lowest temp we???ve had in our part of Connecticut since our Hardired Nectarine was planted is -11, but the tree has handled -11 two winters in a row and appears to be fine. We do not mulch it or cover it in the winter other than with a Stark tree guard on the main trunk as protection against nibbling rodents.
when does it bloom ealry or late zone 7a ?
JOSEPH B on Feb 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This variety blooms Mid March ??? Early April.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are Cedar trees harmeful? My neighbor has a fairly large cedar tree growing. Apparently it has caused the death of our peach tree, and all our Colonade Apple trees? Will it's presence also affect the Persimmon, or other fruit bearing trees?
chimo41 on Aug 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Cedar trees will typically not effect stone fruit trees so you can plant them but I do suggest spraying each season .
Is this dwarf nectarine tree likely to grow to fruition in a large patio container in zone 5b?
Karen on May 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. This tree is zoned 5-8 and you can grow most anything in a container, especially a dwarf fruit tree. This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1

Customer Reviews

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Delicious Nectarines!
This variety is delicious! Our tree bears a lot of fruit, after being planted only 5 years ago. For larger fruit, be prepared to thin the fruit mercilessly. Also know that for the first few years, you should remove all fruit so the tree can put all its energy into growing larger.
August 12, 2016
Good grower
I planted this tree mid May 2014, it has about 75% sun to that of being in an open field, auto water, no food. First year it grew 3’-4’ to 7’. This year it is about 12’ tall and it is loaded with fruit. This tree likes to grow and bear and/or I must have some good soil here out in the sticks. Note: I started doing bees, and I am up to 10 hives. I noticed a tremendous difference in fruit on all my trees as a result. It is only May exactly 2 years after planting and the fruit is 1.5” diameter and growing. I don’t know anything about taste yet and if I can keep the raccoons from cleaning it, I might get to taste it.
May 9, 2016
Overall I am pleased with the nectarine although like most of the plants from Stark it was on the small side. It has grown enough to begin filling in the espalier trellis and has a few fruit this year.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great Nectarine In 7B
I planted this tree in the ground last fall with no special treatment, and it flowered and grew two nectarines this spring. One fell off in a bad storm, but the other survived and matured. That one nectarine tasted great. Not bad at all for a tree that has been in the ground for less than one year. From all this years growth, I expect this tree will provide some number of nectarines next year - barring any bad storms like there were this year. Next year, I should also be able to remove the tree stake it came with.
July 21, 2019
over 2 years ago
Great for its first year.
Planted it last spring. It took off and branched out nicely. We had a very open winter with below normal snow fall. And a higher than normal temperature for December. Our spring has been cooler than normal so far.

All leaved out and green this spring. Doing great. I think the next Necterines I plant will be Hardired.
May 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
My tree arrived as a stick and is now a tree with actual fruit growing already. They are tiny, but they are there! This was my very first fruit tree. I couldn't be happier with it. I'll update once the fruit ripens!
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Sprouted within a day or two but has some lead curl
I got a bare root and leaves sprouted quickly. Doing good so far except for some leaves are curling, which I didn't expect for this tree which is supposed to be resistant. I probably planted it too late to get any fruit this year.
June 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
Hardired Nectarine
I live in Texas in the winter and in Grand Coulee Washington in the summer. I ordered the Nectarine tree from Stark Brothers with a scheduled arrival date of April 13th, the day I was returning to Washington. It came as scheduled. Since it was bare root tree it was important that it be planted immediately. It was. Now in mid May the tree is doing fine and looking healthy. I'm looking forward to nectarines in the next year or so. I would definitely recommend Stark Bros.
May 21, 2016
over 5 years ago
Tree looks amazing!
We haven't had the tree long enough to get fruit production yet. However, the tree looks amazing and came strong and ready to grow!
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Dwarf Nectarine
Great little tree, this is year three and it looks fantastic. Should be getting a few nectarines this year, just enough for the tree to go through its fruit bearing cycle.
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago