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Apricot Trees


Apricot Trees

Prunus armeniaca

It's thought the apricot tree originated northeastern China near the Russian border (in the Great Wall area). Cultivation of apricot trees in China dates back 3000 years. From there apricot trees spread west throughout central Asia into Armenia.  The Romans introduced apricots to Europe in 70-60 BC through Greece and Italy. Apricot trees probably moved to the US through English settlers on the East Coast, and Spanish Missionaries in California. For much of their history of cultivation, apricot trees were grown from seedlings, and few improved cultivars existed until the nineteenth century. Cultivars vary among countries, and in Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, and Turkey a great deal of the production is from seedling orchards. Cultivation of apricot trees in the United States was confined to frost-free sites along the Pacific slope of California, due to apricots early bloom but relatively high chilling requirement, and fungal disease in humid climates. Today, most of the production of apricot trees persists in California.

Apricots surely have more flavor packed into them than any other fruit. A tree ripened apricot fresh off your own tree is a true delight. Ripe apricots are so soft they rarely ship well so the best way to enjoy an apricot is fresh from your tree. Unfortunately, they don't like wet feet and bloom early, making them vulnerable to heavy soil, late rains or frost. They do not need as much heat to ripen as peaches. Most varieties do well in zones 5-9. They should begin fruiting in two to four years after planting. Apricots are best harvested when soft and sweet. All our apriocts trees for sale are considered self fertile.

When to harvest apricots: Apricots eaten fresh need to be handled carefully. Apricot trees are usually picked over 2-3 times each, when fruit are firm. Fresh apricots are best packed in shallow containers to prevent crushing/bruising. Dried apricots are harvested later when fully ripe.