Nectarine Lord Napier produces pale yellow good sized fruits that have a crimson flush where exposed to the sun. They are white fleshed being juicy and of a good flavour – melting & juicy. It is self fertile and crops early August, early for a Nectarine in the UK. The leaves have a kidney shaped gland on their stalks.
Raised by Thomas Rivers of Rivers Nursery, Sawbridgeworth, Herts from a seed of a peach in 1860. A prolific Nurseryman and breeder of many fruit varieties, many of which are still grown today.
Nectarines are smooth skinned whereas Peaches have a furry feel otherwise they are very similar. The UK, even the south east, is at the margin of its successful cultivation of Nectarines and is best not grown in the open but against a south facing wall as a fan where it can enjoy the warmth of its situation or even under glass.
The main disease associated with Nectarines in our damper enviroment is Peach leaf curl. The fungus enters through leaf scars and can be devastating. Spray over the winter at intervals with a copper spray. Keeping the tree covered with a plastic sheet is another option keeping the branches & buds dry is another option. The sheeting will give frost protection aswell over the winter until the risk of frosts has gone.