Apricot trees get planted in winter.

Apricot has major history in California. For a very long time, it was the main agricultural commodity is several regions, particularly the Santa Clara Valley. It remains a significant commodity within portions of the San Joaquin Valley. Urban sprawl replaced orchards in other regions. However, apricot trees now inhabit some urban gardens. The climate here is as ideal for them as it ever was.

Garden variety apricot trees are not quite like orchard trees. Dwarfing rootstock keeps them somewhat more compact. They might otherwise grow taller that twenty feet. Production is best during the first three decades or so, before they begin to slowly deteriorate. Orchard trees are already due for replacement by then. Many more cultivars are practical for home gardens than for orchards.

Apricot trees, which are mostly of the species Prunus armeniaca, are certainly not ‘low maintenance’. They require specialized pruning annually, while dormant for winter. Otherwise, they produce more fruit than they can support. New trees are unlikely to produce any fruit during their first season. The deciduous foliage falls neatly in autumn. White or slightly blushed spring bloom is striking.

4 thoughts on “Apricot

  1. For me, one of the highlights of visiting California has always been stopping at roadside stands to buy apricots. Here they are imported and unripe and are like eating dry cotton wool. To eat a fresh, ripe apricot, packed with flavour and juice is something else! In the east of England I grew them well. variable spring weather made them a risk but there was usually a good crop. I am not sure how well I will get on with them here in Ireland and I think I may have to plant in a polytunnel. But it is well worth the effort because fresh, ripe apricots are so wonderful.

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