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A Stark Bro's Exclusive!Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

A must for nectarine lovers. This “queen” of the nectarines is hardy and productive, yielding yellow-fleshed fruit up to 3" with unparalleled quality. You can freeze or can them, or eat them fresh. An excellent choice for first-time fruit growers. Freestone. Developed in Merced, California, introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1962. Ripens in early August. Self-pollinating.


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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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!

Related Assortments

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We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

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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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I just ordered it today, under says "hardy and productive... An excellent choice for first-time fruit growers". I hope its true.. and do good here in MS, cant wait to see the fruit!
fely mae l on Sep 23, 2016
My wife loves nectarines.
Jonathan H on Apr 26, 2016
I just ordered it today, under says "hardy and productive... An excellent choice for first-time fruit growers". I hope its true.. and do good here in MS, cant wait to see the fruit!
fely mae l on Sep 23, 2016
Size of tree. Flavor
John B on Sep 16, 2016
My wife loves nectarines.
Jonathan H on Apr 26, 2016
Used to grow it commercially, 25 years ago
Carol R on Apr 17, 2016
This will be my first nectarine tree. I planted a small orchard last year (8 trees) and all my trees are very young. This will fit right in.
Ann D on Apr 9, 2016
Self pollinating and love nectarines and wanted to try one, only room for one nectarine tree in small yard.
Geoffrey C on Mar 15, 2016
I will be moving & hate to leave my tree I got from you years ago!
mary z m on Mar 15, 2016
I wanted a free stone sweet nectarine
Virginia O on Mar 15, 2016
It fits in with other fruit ripining times in my orchard, and I'm down sizing from the full size Mericrest that I have.
RONALD B on Feb 20, 2016
Size of tree. Flavor
John B on Sep 16, 2016
Used to grow it commercially, 25 years ago
Carol R on Apr 17, 2016
I am wondering if this tree is curl resistant?
Kathleen M on Sep 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is no indication that the tree is known to have resistance or susceptibility to leaf-curl, but if you know that leaf curl is an issue in your area, you may want to equip yourself with a copper fungicide for preemptive disease control starting in the fall. The best product we know of is this:

Customer Reviews

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My Nectarine is still a sapling growing through it's first spring from last spring's planting. At this point it looks extremely robust and in dire need of pruning. I look forward to another year of growth then production of fruit. I recommend for Zone 7a.
June 3, 2016
1 year ago
What a great tree!
This tree is doing great. Nice strong healthy growth. Set a bunch of fruit this year (it's first full year in the ground). Removed most of them to let the tree continue to develop a strong root structure. I left one and it was beautiful. The day I was going to pick it, a tree rat (aka squirrel) got it. Next year, my friend.. next year.
August 15, 2016
1 year ago
stark sunglo nectarine
Tree is growing like crazy. It had some blooms but even though we covered it, I think the frost got some of the blooms. I am very pleased with the growth of my tree and looking forward to the fruit.
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
Growing great so far
Planted March 2015. A year later its nearly doubled in size and as big as my honeycrisp and red rome apple trees planted in 2012. I live in Commerce MI, 30min NW of Detroit.
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
I love this tree
I ordered this tree last Spring. It has grown well, and is much larger than I expected it to be after one year. It even has fruit on it this year (3 or 4, but it is more than I expected the first year.) I always check the Stark Brother's website first when looking for a fruit tree.
June 7, 2016
1 year ago
Fruit Trees
All of the trees are healthy. I am very pleased with my purchase.
August 20, 2016
1 year ago
Tree looks good after growing a season. No fruits yet.
June 29, 2016
1 year ago
Stark SunGlo Nectarine
Tree did great for the first season then died last week out of the blue. Very sad about it.
June 13, 2016
1 year ago
These trees are loaded and it is only the second year. I have learned a lesson, don't buy any fruit trees except from Stark Bros.
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
fantastic nectarines
store bought nectarines can't compare to home grown ones - I loved this tree so much I bought another. My original has stayed small, but we have poor sandy soil in Albuquerque, NM and little rain. The nectarines are small and bite-sized, but the flavor is wonderful - one of my favorite fruit trees.
January 16, 2017
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