Unique Features: The Chinese apricot (AKA Mormon apricot) and all other apricots originated in China around 2000 BCE, and later found their way to Armenia. It blooms around mid-spring, so it has a better chance of missing the spring frosts. The white flowers are in profuse clusters that show a pink cast from the red stamens. They are self-fruitful so one tree will produce apricots, but there will be more fruit with a partner. The 2’’ yellow-orange freestone fruit is juicy with a firm texture and a mild sweet flavor. This is a ‘sweet pit’ apricot so the pit can be cracked open and the kernel inside is edible like an almond; almond trees are Prunus dulcis. Do not eat the kernels of any other plants in the Prunus family because only the fruit pulp is non-toxic. To finish the season apricots have great fall color.
Apricot/ Chinese Semi-Dwarf
- Blooms mid-spring, potentially avoiding the late frosts
- Clusters of white flowers give way to plentiful, juicy fruit
- Flavorful, sweet fruit is delicious right off the tree
- Self-fertile, but will produce more fruit if it has another apricot friend nearby
Mature Height: 15-20'
Mature Spread: 15-20'