Apricots are both decorative and productive trees, which are well suited to many temperate regions of New Zealand. They are relatively easy to grow and will produce loads of fruit year after year that can be enjoyed fresh from the tree, made in to jam, bottled for winter enjoyment, chutneyed, relished and dried.
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Apricots are easy to espalier and look fantastic trained against a brick wall or a wooden fence. Train into the classic 'fan' shape and enjoy the decorative aspect as well as the fruit.
A sunny, sheltered position is best - protected from Spring frosts. During the early stages of the tree's development, water well - and also during long dry periods.
Apricots are one of the few trees that MUST be pruned during summer - as soon as the tree has finished producing fruit. This minimises the chance of infection.
Most varieties are self fertile, but will produce heavier and more regular crops if pollinated by another variety.
Dwarf Apricot. It might be small but 'Apirgold' will still provide you with delicious, full size, tangy and flavoursome fruit in early summer. Tolerant of warmer temperatures, self-fertile. Plant in well drained soil in a sheltered spot. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1m
Apricot Aprigold GQ
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The semi-sweet Castlebrite apricot is a reliable, early bearing variety that produces firm, bright orange fruit with a slight red blush. The medium-sized fruit offers delicious flavour. Early season variety bred in California. Plant in full sun. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright
Apricot Castlebright MB
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Large orange coloured fruit with a gentle red blush. Orange flesh with an intense flavour. Ripe around January. Plant in a sunny spot with good drainage for best results. Do any pruning in summer. . Deciduous.
Cluthalate is a self-fertile, late season variety that ripens 30 days after Sundrop and 14 days after Moorpark. Its orange fruit is of medium size, with melting flesh that is sweet and juicy. Best grown in areas with cold winters and hot, dry summers. Deciduous
Apricot Double Graft. Sundrop - excellent cropper with sweet and juicy yellow fruit with firm flesh. Trevatt - large, sweet, juicy, golden fruit with lots of flavour. Bottles well. Plant in a well drained position in the sun. Prune in summer on a warm dry day after harvesting.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
Apricot Dble Trevatt/Sundrop GQ
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Freestone, medium-sized fruit, with equal halves with firm orange-yellow flesh and a fine texture. Lovely flavoursome fruit bourn on a vigorous and productive, upright-spreading tree. Orange blushed red skin. Meaty flavoursome flesh. Deciduous
Bred in Taranaki this Apricot has consistent crops of medium sized golden fruit that ripen around February. The fruit are sweet and juicy and the tree is self fertile. Happiest in the sun with good drainage. We recommend pruning in summer after harvesting, only prune on a warm dry day. Deciduous.
A beautiful little Apricot that as well as being highly ornamental tempts us with delicious fruit. The golden yellow fruits are are a good size and taste delicious, very sweet and juicy. Copes well with warmer climates but as with all apricots does like some winter chill. Deciduous.
This Apricot has quite large fruit that are coloured a light yellow and blushed red. The flesh is firm with a sweet taste with just a hint of acid from the skin. A vigorous grower which should produce good crops after 3-5 years. Plant in a sunny sheltered position. Deciduous.