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Description

A nectarine tree for the North! Tree withstands temperatures to -28°F. Developed in New Hampshire as a cross of Nectacrest and Merideth nectarine varieties. Fruit has a bright-yellow flesh and smooth, red skin. Excellent flavor and fruit quality make it a favorite. Freestone. Introduced circa 1950s in New Hampshire. Ripens in mid-August. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

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 Sweet, Tangy
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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

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.

Shipping Information

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Can't get good nectarines in the store.
GAIL C on Jan 20, 2017
Love this yellow nectarine very sweet
noemi p on Apr 6, 2016
Can't get good nectarines in the store.
GAIL C on Jan 20, 2017
Favorite fruit
Miranda B on Apr 10, 2016
Love this yellow nectarine very sweet
noemi p on Apr 6, 2016
It is self pollinating and will thrive in my zone
Melvin J on Mar 31, 2016
My children love nectarines and this variety is suppose to be hardy in our climate zone.
Stephen E on Mar 24, 2016
Favorite fruit
Miranda B on Apr 10, 2016
It is self pollinating and will thrive in my zone
Melvin J on Mar 31, 2016
I bought 2 trees, both have put in new growth one below the graft and one above the graft. How will this effect the my fruit?????
Ken A on Jul 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: New growth above the graft is good. This gives you more branches for wonderful fruit.
Always remove new growth below the graft as this is from the root stock and will only take energy from your desired fruit . Below graft growth is not desirable. Good Luck.

Customer Reviews

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Mericrest Nectarine
Mericrest is a wonderful nectarine but I find it does not do well in a wet and very humid climate. By the second or third year, at the latest, they die here in my area of Pine Bluff, AR. It's like they drown. I had the Mericrest in the Casper, WY area and they did very well there, even through the bad winters. The taste of the fruit is wonderful and the skin is tender. Never need to peel it. I really wish I could make it grow here.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
tree nectarine
Planted the tree a few weeks ago as soon as it appeared on the door step. It is coming to life with new green leaves and looks very healthy. Glad it is doing so well.
May 11, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Did not Survive in Northern Illinois
We were hoping the nectarine would grow and produce like our peach trees. Over two summers, there was virtually no growth. The nectarine leafed out this spring and died mid-July. We are assessing a different fruit tree to replace it this fall.
August 8, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Nectarines in Minnesota
This will be my third season for the Mericrest nectarine! So far my tree has been thriving and growing well. I did get a couple of flowers this year, so I may get a sample. I know when I grew this tree in Chicago it was one of my favorites. I never again wanted to buy a store bought nectarine again!

I know this tree is hardy to zone 5, but it has been doing nicely in zone 4b. Stark bros. rocks! Once I get the fruit, this tree will get a full 5 stars.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Dependable trees
I have bought apple trees in the past. I wanted to add another type of fruit. So I went back to Starks as I knew I would get a tree that would grow. This spring I can see tiny nectarines forming. The tree rooted fast and the leaves popped quickly. I could get my tree locally but my trust is in Stark. 5 stars and will be doing all my tree business with them. Jim
May 9, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Tree is healthy!
My nectarine tree is doing well. The first year I did no pruning(2015). (Bare root comes pre pruned) Last year(2016) I had 8-10 flowers. I pulled them all off . This winter(2017) I pruned heavily and have 32 flowers on my tree about to bloom. I'm expecting about 5-10 to survive the summer. I am extremely happy with Stark Bros and have purchased many trees from them. This will be a 5 star review when this tree produces fruit.
April 17, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Mericrest Nectarine
The tree is growing but has not produced any nectarine's yet. I am hoping to get some this year.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Did well the first year was concerned this year but it has started to grow. It is a slow start but it is growing. Hopefully in another 2 years we will have fruit.
May 9, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Mericrest Nectarine
This is the second season for the tree. The tree is alive, but it only has leaves at the bottom of the tree. I am not sure what is happening and why the sap did not flow to the top of the tree.
May 8, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
mericrest nectarine
they're young yet but are growing fine. appears to be going to start growing faster than they have been .
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago