- (Prunus mandshurica) Much more resilient to winter cold than commercial orchard apricot trees, the Manchurian apricot grows as both a fruit tree and an ornamental flowering tree in landscapes. Fast growing, the Manchurian apricot works as a specimen garden tree or an informal screen, hedgerow or windbreak. Although the tree is drought tolerant, a slightly moist soil in spring when flowering and initial fruiting occurs ensures better fruit set. A warm but dry weather regime then creates the best fruits for harvest by early to midsummer. Fruiting is reduced where flowers are killed by frosts or weather discourages visitation by honeybees. Typical mature size of the tree ranges from 10 to 15 feet high by 12 wide and the fruit makes excellent preserves and sauces. 3’-4’ branched trees.