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Goldmine Nectarine

Prunus persica var. nucipersica 'Goldmine'

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Goldmine Nectarine (Prunus persica var. nucipersica 'Goldmine') at Dickman Farms

Goldmine Nectarine fruit

Goldmine Nectarine fruit

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Gold Mine Nectarine

Description:

This selection produces golden and red freestone fruits with sweet, juicy white flesh; low chill requirement, suitable for a wide range of climates; stunning pink flowers in spring on a medium sized tree; susceptible to late spring freezes and disease

Edible Qualities

Goldmine Nectarine is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces gold round fruit (technically 'drupes') with a red blush and white flesh which are usually ready for picking from early to mid summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Features & Attributes

Goldmine Nectarine is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches from late winter to early spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy gold drupes with a red blush, which are carried in abundance from early to mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy
  • Insects
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Goldmine Nectarine is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Goldmine Nectarine will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.

This tree is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features