U.S. Patent PP15,062
Nectarine Variety

  • Fruit Size: Large
  • Chill Requirement: 225 hours
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • First Harvest: Around May 1 near Gainesville, FL
  • Description: ‘Sunbest’, released in 2001, is a patented nectarine cultivar with yellow, melting flesh, and a semi-freestone pit.  It develops 90–100% bright red blush over a yellow ground color, and has a FDP of 85–90 days.  ‘Sunbest’ ripens in early May in Gainesville, FL, about 3 days before the standard ‘Sunraycer’ (unpatented) nectarine cultivar.  It is superior to and a good replacement for ‘Sunraycer’ nectarine.


    License Availability:  FFSP has non-exclusively licensed the following entities for the propagation of the ‘Sunbest’ nectarine cultivar:

    Hopkins Nursery

    Island Grove, LLC
    Bert Sheffield
    24703 SE 193rd Ave
    Hawthorne, FL 32640
    Phone: (352) 274-3835

    Propagations Unlimited, Inc.
    6501 Florida 60
    Bartow, FL 33830
    Phone: 863-537-1436

    Rainbow Star Nursery
    2324 Southwest 36th Ter.
    Gainesville, FL 32607
    Phone: 352-378-4681