We have selected nectarine varieties for flavor, hardiness and disease resistance. A homegrown, tree ripened nectarine is one of the great eating experiences and is vastly superior to a fruit picked under-ripe for shipping and storage purposes. All are self-pollinating and have beautiful pink blossoms in the spring. Nectarines are essentially just fuzz-less peaches and want the same growing conditions as peaches. They will do best in a sunny spot, avoiding low frost pockets and poorly drained sites. Not as long-lived as some other fruit trees, but quick to begin fruiting. Trees can be espaliered, or if grown freestanding, pruned to an open center to allow good air flow and light distribution. Best pruned in late winter or spring, after extreme cold is done.