Many people don’t realize that nectarines can be grown in Michigan, but they are as easy to grow as peaches. They are also self fertile so only one tree is required to set fruit. These varieties have proven winter hardiness, and the fruit quality has been exceptional in my orchard.  Growing requirements are the same as peaches, any soil that drains well.

Nectarines can be used for the same purposes as peaches including pies, wine making, drying, and canning and freezing for the later varieties.

If you have to peel your peaches because of the fuzz, nectarines are for you.







Easternglo – This is a medium size early ripening nectarine with a mostly red skin. The high quality flesh is tangy-sweet and semi freestone. Trees are winter hardy and fast growing.  A good variety to open the season with.

           Ripens in mid-late July


Fantasia – This is a very large variety that is half red over yellow. This is the latest nectarine to ripen, with excellent, sweet yellow flesh that can also be canned or frozen. A few years back a customer brought me a bottle of wine made from Fantasia’s, it was some of the best wine I’ve ever tasted.   Very productive tree. Fruit reaches 3″ in diameter.  Although a California developed variety, has done great in Michigan for decades.

    Ripens in late August – early September


Hardired – Is the most cold hardy nectarine offered. It was developed in Ontario, Canada and has proven itself to be a reliable producer in less than ideal midwest and northeast growing conditions. The freestone fruits are of medium size, mostly red skinned, and have a delicious sweet flavor. Hardired trees set huge amounts of flowers, and fruit must be thinned early to achieve good size and prevent breaking the tree apart.  The best choice for northern parts of Michigan.

Ripens mid – late August


Sunglo – is a great variety for fresh eating, preserves, wine making and even canning. The half red over bright yellow fruit is large and freestone, and the flesh is quite sweet.  This is a very nice mid season variety that is popular for farm markets. Fruit keeps well in the cooler also.

Ripens in mid August


Last Modified on September 9, 2021
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