Lord Napier nectarine trees

Lord Napier nectarine tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Late-season (early August)
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Lord Napier is an early and large nectarine, reasonably suitable for the sunnier parts of the UK. The skin has a very dark crimson cheek in full sun.

Whilst most English nectarines tend to be yellow-fleshed, Lord Napier is a white-fleshed variety. It is also a "freestone" - in other words the flesh does not cling to the stone.

Lord Napier is best grown on a south-facing wall if possible, or in a very sunny aspect.

Lord Napier nectarine trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - St.Julien rootstock 29.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Lord Napier

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Temperate climates
    but requires a sunny aspect
  • Planting position: Full sun essential

Pollination guide for Lord Napier

Lord Napier is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Lord Napier nectarine trees

Insofar as any nectarine is suited to the UK climate, this is it. It is self-fertile so no pollination partner is required, and ripens in early August.

Like all nectarines and peaches Lord Napier is susceptible to peach-leaf curl. It is best to cover the tree in late winter and early spring with a horticultural fleece to keep rain splashes off it.

Historical details

Lord Napier was developed by the famous Rivers nursery at Sawbridgeworth, UK, 1860. It is thought to a smooth-skinned seedling of a peach called Early Albert.

Botanical name

Prunus persica 'Lord Napier'