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Tree fruit varieties offered by Dave Wilson Nursery are selected for their appearance, firmness, good shipping characteristics and desirable flesh quality. Approximate ripening dates (for the Fresno, California area), chilling requirements and patent information are listed for each variety along with any special traits.
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A heavy producer of very firm white nectarines, the Arctic Belle selection features a very sweet, low-acid flavor. This freestone ripens in the 2nd to 3rd week of July with large-sized fruit (2-5/8" to 3"). The Arctic Belle exhibits some russeting, but offers appealing overall skin color (mottled red over a white background color). The tree is self-fertile and requires 900 to 1000 hours of winter chilling. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 10479)
Blazing with rich flavor, the Arctic Blaze white nectarine has claimed high scores in taste tests at Dave Wilson Nursery. This clingstone nectarine ripens in the 1st week of August with large-sized (2-7/8" to 3") firm fruit, but it can be difficult to crop. The beautiful Arctic Blaze presents high skin color (70%-80% red over a white background) and low acid for a sweet flavor. This self-fertile nectarine requires 750 to 850 hours of winter chilling. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 10174)
In 1996, Arctic Jay scored highest of all fruits in a blind taste test here at Dave Wilson Nursery. This freestone white-fleshed nectarine is richly flavored with a nice balance of acid and sugar. Ripening in the 1st to 2nd week of July, Arctic Jay sizes well (2-5/8" to 3") and colors almost completely (80% 90% red over white background). This self-fertile nectarine requires 900 to 1000 hours of winter chilling. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 9908)
The Arctic Mist nectarine is a late season treat ripening in the 2nd to 3rd week of September. The freestone white-fleshed fruit features large size (2-5/8" to 3-1/4"), and moderate skin color (40%-50% red blush over white).This self-fertile nectarine requires 750 to 850 hours of winter chilling. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 10919)
Alone in its mid-August harvest window, the Arctic Pride is an excellent white-fleshed nectarine. Arctic Pride is a heavy producer of large, clingstone fruit (sized 2-5/8" to 3-1/4") that offers fabulous low-acid sweetness and abundant red skin color (70%-85% red over white). 800 to 900 hours of winter chilling required.
Rich with flavor, the Arctic Queen white-fleshed nectarine ripens in the 3rd to 4th week of July with moderate size (2-5/8" to 2-7/8") and mottled red over white skin color. The freestone flesh of Arctic Queen is low in acid yielding a delicious, sweet flavor. Self-fertile, requires 900 to 1000 hours of winter chilling.
Arctic Rose is a delightful nectarine that can be picked firm for a unique, crunchy, tasty sensation. The bright red fruit has a creamy-green background color and pure white freestone flesh. Arctic Rose ripens in the 1st week of July with moderate size (2-7/16" to 2-7/8") and delicious, super-sweet flavor. Very firm, it is an excellent shipper. 900 to 1000 hours of winter chilling required.
The quality standard for late white nectarines, Arctic Snow ripens from the last week of August to 1st week of September. The freestone Arctic Snow fruit sizes well (2-7/8" to 3-1/4") with a unique skin color (50%-60% red blush over lime white). This low-acid, sweet variety is a heavy producer and an excellent shipper. 900 to 1000 hours of winter chilling required.
The early-blooming Arctic Star nectarine ripens from the last week of May to the 1st week of June. This semi-freestone white-fleshed nectarine receives high scores in taste tests due to its low acid flavor and non-melting flesh. Arctic Star catches the eye with beautiful dark red skin (80% color) and good size (2-5/8" to 3"). Self-fertile, 550 to 650 hours of winter chilling required. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 9332)
Arctic Sweet is a highly-colored nectarine with very sweet, white flesh. Ripening in the 2nd week of June following Arctic Star, the clingstone fruit exhibits good size (2-5/8" to 3") and impressive skin color (80-90% bright red over white). The tree is vigorous and productive. Self-fertile, 800 to 900 hours of winter chilling required. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 9542)
Nearly full red in skin color, Pearl Time nectarine features very firm white flesh with a very sweet sub-acid flavor, typically 18 to 22 brix. The fruit is uniformly medium in size and semi-freestone when shipping ripe. The tree is very productive. Harvest is mid to late June and the fruit stores well for three weeks. Estimated chilling requirement 500 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 22471)
Polar Gem is very similar to its relative, Polar Zee, with a mild sub-acid flavor. This variety ripens in mid June and has white flesh and very appealing red skin. Harvest begins about June 11th. Estimated chilling requirement 650 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 27627)
Polar Kist, a delicious, white-fleshed clingstone nectarine, is second in demand only to Polar Snow among nectarines for planting in the 2016-17 season. Its ripening time, around May 20th, is ideal for growers wanting an early-harvest variety. Estimated chilling requirement 500 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 27789)
Maturing in the last two weeks of May, the Polar Light white nectarine holds firm on the tree 8-10 days after maturity. This clingstone fruit features firm, white flesh with smooth, crack-resistant skin, sweet, low-acid flavor and a full red blush. The self-fertile Polar Light tree is a heavy and regular bearer of very large fruit (up to 3-1/4”) and features a low winter chilling requirement of approximately 250 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 16858)
Polar Magic is similar to the other Polar nectarine varieties with its beautiful red skin and white flesh. Its most outstanding trait however, is a powerful taste that can't be beat. Ripens around May 27th. Estimated chilling requirement 650 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 27626)
For 2016-17 planting, Polar Snow is the nectarine variety in highest demand. White-fleshed with red skin, this variety is very vigorous in its growth and production. It ripens later in the season and has a sweet sub-acid flavor. Harvest begins about August 6th. Estimated chilling requirement 800 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 27450)
Polar Zee is a white fleshed clingstone nectarine with red skin. This variety produces very well and has wonderful flavor in every bite. Harvest is early midseason, beginning about June 2nd. Estimated chilling requirement 700 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 27520)
The SpiceZee interspecific white nectarine (one-eighth plum) is unforgettable for its unique skin color and amazing flavor. SpiceZee has meaty white freestone flesh with a wonderful spicy-sweet flavor that yields to a tangy aftertaste reminiscent of plum. At farmers-market ripeness, the smooth, crack-resistant skin has a nearly full maroon blush with a small amount of mottling. Ripening in the third week of July, this exceptional interspecific variety is self-fruitful and very productive. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 13503)
Packing Variety, recommended for new plantings in the Fresno area. Within their harvest season, these varieties have demonstrated superior overall quality with respect to size, color, firmness, flavor, yield, storage and shipping. Used for apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum and interspecific fruit types.
Farmers Market Favorite™: varieties that have demonstrated, where adapted, consistent production of especially desirable, high-flavored fruit for local farmers market/fruit stand distributiion.
Zaiger Variety: developed by Zaiger's Inc. Genetics of Modesto, California. Dave Wilson Nursery is the exclusive U.S. licensor and primary propagator.
Note: Fruit and nut varieties in the Commercial Catalog are offered exclusively to commercial growers in commercial quantities for the purpose of commercial fruit and nut production. Products in this catalog are not offered for resale.