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Royal Giant Nectarine

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This overachieving nectarine can be as big as an apple! This is one of the most popular varieties planted by commercial growers in California. The yellow-fleshed fruit is big, sweet, tangy and juicy. They are often found in grocery stores, but once you’ve tasted them at their peak, you’ll only want these nectarines homegrown. Clingstone. Developed in Modesto, California, introduced in 1977. Ripens in mid August. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid 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.


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.

Questions & Answers

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How many chill hours and what temperature is needed to produce?
John N on Sep 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This tree is suited for Zones 508 and requires 900-1,000 chill hours below 45 degrees.
One of the nectarine trees I looked at is recommended for zone 8 I live in zone 8b is that the still OK? Thanks David
David B on Sep 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Zones 8a and 8b are both considered Zone 8 so this should do well where you live.

Customer Reviews

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Not sure if it's gonna make it.
Barely grew this year. Not looking like it will make it to next spring. Will see...
November 3, 2016
over 4 years ago
Royal Giant Nectarine
The Royal Giant is growing like crazy; in sunny Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It came through the winter with flying colors!
June 6, 2016
over 4 years ago
Royal Necterine
This one did well last spring and is doing well with growth and blossomed early also. Looking great.
May 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
I ordered this 2 years ago and it is already blossoming. Every tree I have ordered has been of excellent quality and health, except the nut trees. Though they did send free replacements that are doing great!!!!
May 8, 2016
over 5 years ago
The small tree is not fully leafed out but is producing one nectarine in its first year.
May 18, 2016
over 4 years ago
Royal Giant Nectarine
This is the second year that it has been planted. Growing very slowly, but did set one fruit this spring
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
Plenty of groves tree looks really healthy
Your number 2 it looks like I have one nectarine on the tree
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago