Last spring we planted a Sweet Surprise nectarine tree. It made a few pieces of fruit but they did fall off after several weeks. This year the tree is loaded with tiny fuzzy little fruit from top to bottom. The fruit last year had fuzz on them also. I know nectarines do not have fuzz! What has happened? Did the peach genes take over my tree or do nectarines fuzz when they are baby sized fruit?
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Peach and nectarines are actually the same fruit, but there is a 1 gene difference that causes nectarine fruit to not have fuzz. There are a few possibilities here. One is that the plant was mislabled when you bought it. Another is that the nectarine was grafted onto peach rootstock and the peach rootstock grew and pushed out the nectarine graft (did the tree have problems early on? This is common if grafted trees have problems early). It is also possible that you have a sport nectarine, meaning a nectarine whose 1 non-fuzzy gene has mutated and the skin is now fuzzy.