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.
Goldrich trees are vigorous and productive. Goldrich fruit are large and oval, with nearly equal halves. It has firm, deep orange flesh with a fine texture, and has good flavor and quality. We recommend pruning in summer after harvesting, only prune on a warm dry day. Deciduous.
A large, firm, delicious Apricot with light orange colour with a red blush. Flesh is orange, firm and moderately juicy. Plant in a sunny well drained position and we recommend to do any pruning in summer after harvesting on a dry day. Deciduous.
This hybrid Apricot is tolerant of varying temperatures and as it has a reasonably low chill requirement it is suitable for warmer climates. The fruit are yellow with a red blush and quite large. Juicy with a good flavour and free-stone. Crops well. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Deciduous
Soft, juicy, 'fuzzless' fruit of superb quality with a luscious flavour. Suitable for fresh eating straight off the tree but can also be bottled or dried. Prefers a warm sunny position however is very cold tolerant. Prune only in summer on a warm dry day. Deciduous.
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This Apricot grows particularly well in cooler areas and has a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Flower Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
A popular Apricot that produces prolific crops. The fruit are medium sized, golden yellow blushed red. Lovely and sweet for desserts/ fresh eating. A vigorous grower with a low winter chill requirement making it suitable for warmer areas. Deciduous.
This apricot is a vigorous grower and shows good disease resistance. The tree bears heavy crops from a young age and the fruit is sweet, low acid and delicious. Suitable for all NZ regions, plant in a sunny sheltered position with good drainage. Freestone. Deciduous.
Skaha is a vigorous productive tree which is early ripening. Bearing medium sized fruit with firm bright orange flesh and gold skin with a red blush. Use Sundrop as a pollination partner. We recommend pruning in summer after harvesting, only prune on a warm dry day. Deciduous.
Excellent producer with sweet, juicy, yellow fruit with a firm flesh. Prune only during summer on a warm dry day. Apricots do best in a sunny position with good drainage. Ripens mid season. Suitable for most NZ regions. Deciduous.
Tomcot has large fruit which have a red blush over orange skin. The flesh is of excellent quality with an intense apricot flavour, ready to eat around January. Pretty pink blossom in early spring. Plant in a sunny, sheltered well drained position. Suits cooler climate. Summer prune. Deciduous.
Large, sweet, juicy, golden fruit with lots of flavour. Perfect for picking straight off the tree and straight into your mouth! We recommend pruning in summer after harvesting, only prune on a warm dry day. Suitable for warmer areas of NZ. Deciduous.