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Apricot

Prunus armeniaca

Rosaceae - Rose

Description

Leaves: Simple; alternate; ovate leaves broader than in peach; deciduous.

Twigs/buds: Twigs reddish brown, with prominent lenticels.  Buds scaly, red-brown like twig.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect, pink to white, 1" wide.  Fruit similar to peach but smaller and nearly glabrous with a smooth pit.

Bark: Dark brown to reddish-brown to black.

Wood: Hard and durable; used for agricultural implements or fuel.

General: Native to Asia and long-cultivated. Shade intolerant.  Fruit and/or plant part can be nuisances; use fruitless varieties if possible.  Sucker (sprout) growth can be a problem.

Landscape Use: Generally only grown for fruit, and I have not seen that many well-kept apricots.  However, Dr. Phil Allen at BYU feels that apricot makes a good specimen tree with a nice branch structure.  Pests can be a problem.  More cold-hardy than peach and quite drought hardy.  Many cultivars.  Zones 4(3?)-9.

Cultivars: Numerous varieties. 'Goldcot', 'Goldrich', 'Harcot', 'Harglow', 'Hargrand', 'Harlayne', 'Haroblush', 'Harogem', 'Harojoy', 'Harostar', 'Harval', 'Veecot', 'Velvaglo', 'Vivagold'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Rosaceae - Rose
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
4-9
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Vase

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
High
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium