Blenheim Apricot
(Royal) England 1815


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Blenheim apricot tree is a seedling planted in the Luxembourg Gardens of Paris, where it was introduced as the Royal around 1815. It made its next appearance in England at Bleinheim Palace where it was called Shipley’s Blenheim apricot tree. The Blenheim apricot is a smaller apricot that tends to have a green shoulder, ripen from the inside, never really getting the total apricot color, but even on the side of green will have the full apricot flavor. This old favorite's sweet aromatic flavor sets the standard for apricots.  Very juicy, orange freestone flesh.  Famous in California for its canning quality; also good for drying.  Medium to large orange fruit with crimson dots.  Needs warm, dry weather during bloom. Please see below for further information on our Blenheim apricot trees for sale.

Growing Considerations for Blenheim Apricot
(Royal) England 1815

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Heirloom: Yes

Uses: Canning / Preserves, Fresh Eating

Harvest Period: Midseason

Low Chill: Yes

Bloom Period: Early

Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile

Origin Date: 1800`s

Storage: A few weeks

Rootstock: Mariana (semi-dwarf)

Years to Bear: 1-3 years

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)

Size supplied when shipped:   Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2  to 3/4 inch;  *As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Basic idea for Pruning:  Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...                                                             

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.