Prunus persica var. nucipersica 'Sunglo'  upper branches, center.
Close-up of glossy Prunus persica var. nucipersica 'Sunglo' leaves.

Prunus persica var. nucipersica 'Sunglo' (Dwarf Nectarine)

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Prunus persica var. nucipersica, or simply nectarine, is a type of peach originally native to central and eastern Asia. The key difference between nectarines and peaches is the presence, or lack thereof, of fuzzy hairs on the outer skin: peaches have peach fuzz and nectarines, thanks to the expression of a recessive gene, do not. As the dwarf variety of 'Sunglo,' this nectarine tree grows to only 8-10' tall.

Prunus persica var. nucipersica 'Sunglo' is a nectarine cultivar originally developed by Stark Bro's in Louisiana, Missouri, and dubbed "the queen of the nectarines" for its superior taste, appearance, and consistency as well as its ease of growth for new gardeners.

Producing glossy green foliage followed by beautiful pink flowers in the early spring, 'Sunglo' is self-pollinating, and doesn't need pollination partners to successfully produce fruit, though pollination partners may increase harvest size. Successful pollination, typically done by butterflies and bees attracted to the plant's flowers, is followed by mature fruit set by early August, and fruit are edible and delicious for people, and also attract a number of bees, insects, birds, and wildlife who feed on fallen fruits.

Note: Nectarine cultivars are especially susceptible to damage from pest insects and disease, care should be taken in choosing fruit trees that will match your ability to maintain them over time. While 'Sunglo' is easy to prune and harvest, it may not be the best pick for gardeners averse to high maintenance trees in terms of pest management.

Mature Tree Height: Small: under 15 feet
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Loam and Rich Organic Matter
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Keystone Plant, Fragrant, and Fruit
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant
Garden Type: Specimen Tree

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