Semi-dwarf on Citation rootstock.
Chill hours: 800
Harvest: July 7 - July 22
Looks: Fruit is large and red-skinned, the inside yellow and freestone.
Personality: Rich tangy flavor, high scorer on taste tests. Dave Wilson's Taste Test Top Scorer.
Facts of note: One of the hardiest nectarines.
Highly recommended for very cold (sub-zero) temperatures.
Because it's late blooming, chances are better for a reliable crop in cold winter or unpredictable spring climates.
Prof. E.M. Meader of the New Hampshire Experimental Station crossed the well-known Nectarest with Merideth to get Mericrest.
Excellent eating fruit, a peach without the fuzz. Very vigorous. Similar to peach in cultural requirements. Requires pruning and thinning for consistent, quality crops. Dislikes high humidity. Moderate fertility and good drainage a must. Susceptible to peach leaf curl, brown rot, and oriental fruit moth. Trees are 2 years old and should begin to fruit in their 3rd year. Citation Rootstock is tolerant of wet soil, induces early dormancy in dry soil, is very winter hardy, resists root knot nematodes, and produces a 12'-18' tree. By pruning you can keep your tree at any height.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Pecan, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.
This is a tasty, tangy nectarine. I like a lot of tang to my nectarines and this strikes the perfect balance for me between tang and sweet. My tree didn't produce huge fruit, but they were intensely flavorful.
This variety is everything you'd want in a nectarine and the best part is it's fairly late blooming and cold hardy. My tree is five years old now and in a really tough winter, I'm talking snow the last week fo May, it only lost a few branches when in many parts of the area entire peach and nectarine trees were dying. I haven't had a big problem with curly leaf even with minimal spraying and I've had no other observable pest and disease problems with it.
The tree when I got it was big and beautiful and has grown very well and strongly.