Fantasia Nectarine Tree Overview
The Fantasia nectarine tree is a yellow-fleshed freestone nectarine variety developed in California. In fact these trees produce very succulent, sweet, large nectarines. Additionally, Fantasia is a mid season variety that will ripen in August. When they bloom in the spring, they will produce beautiful pink flowers. Moreover, they are vigorous, hardy and very productive. If you are looking for a tree that is easy to grow, then this is also the tree for you since they are self-fertile and highly adaptable! Even though they are self-fertile, planting more than one tree close to one another, increases the fruit quality. If you would like more information on how to plant and grow this tree, see our guide.
Want to know what is the difference between a nectarine and a peach tree? In fact, there is not much of a difference! The only difference is an active recessive gene which makes nectarines grow without the fuzzy coating. In addition to the lack of fuzz, nectarine trees are also smaller and more delicate than peaches and can be bruised more easily.
This natural mutation took place in China over 2,000 years ago. Afterwards, nectarine trees spread from western Asia, to Persia, to Greece and Rome. They finally arrived in Europe and England in the 16th century. Their name comes from “nectar,” meaning “food of the gods.”
- Uses: Eating fresh, cooking, canning
- Taste: Sweet, succulent flesh with a bit of spice
- Size: Large fruit
- Tree Height: The height of this tree will be about 12-15’ at maturity with proper pruning. Without proper pruning, it may grow taller.
- Color: Bright yellow fruit with a often a full red blush
- Type: Freestone
- Hardiness Zones: 5-9
- Harvest period: Mid season, August
- Pollination: While nectarines are self-fertile, which means they can pollinate and bear fruit without the help of other trees, we recommend growing this variety with other nectarine varieties.
- Cultivation: Nectarine trees are highly adaptable and prefer full sun as well as fertile well-drained soil. Additionally, these trees are vigorous, hardy and very productive.