APRICOTS

(Prunus armeniaca) Apricots are those beautifully orange colored fruits full of beta-carotene and fiber that are one of the first signs of summer. Although dried and canned apricots are available year-round, fresh apricots with their plentiful supply of vitamin C and are in season in North America from May through August.

Relatives to peaches, apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin and flesh, not too juicy but definitely smooth and sweet. Some describe their flavor as almost musky, with a faint tartness that lies somewhere between a peach and a plum. Hardy trees, they are the first to bloom in spring. Our late season freezes that kill the developing blossoms or fruit are the main reason why people only get a crop 1 or 2 out of 5 years. Plant in the north shade or on the north side of a house or hill to delay blooming. Painting the trunk white with a 50% latex paint/water mix has shown to delay bloom up to 2 weeks by keeping tree cool from reflecting away sunlight. Early spring shading with sheets or tarps will delay blooming and give a better chance at fruit set. Drought

tolerant when established they are hardy to -20f.

Chinese - Also known as the Chinese Golden or Large Early Montgamet Apricot. It is called a "sweet pit" because you can eat the kernel like you would an almond, as well as enjoying the flavorful fruit. Its late blooming makes it an excellent choice for higher elevations or late frost areas. Grown extensively in Utah this seems the best choice for our area. Blossoms and fruit are thought to tolerate colder temperatures than other types. The tree is medium size, precocious and a heavy bearer. Its golden orange medium size fruit is sweet, firm and juicy and ripens over a long period of time. It is winter hardy and self -fertile. 7/16" caliper 4' - 5' $28.50

Rival - Out of stock for 2020 A large, oval fruit with light orange skin with a red blush. The flesh is orange with a smooth texture, low acid, and mild flavor. Rival ripens late season. The tree is vigorous and productive. Rival requires cross-pollination.