Apricots are the most tender of the tree fruits, and for that reason it’s not possible to buy ripe ones from a grocery store. When ripe they have a sweet – tangy flavor, and a somewhat dry texture. They make wonderful preserves and brandy, and dry easily for future use, but it’s difficult to keep from eating most of them fresh from the tree.

The trees grow to about 15 feet tall, and don’t require much maintenance, and they are more cold hardy than peaches and many of the plum varieties.  The trees burst into a cloud of white bloom after several days of warm weather each spring, and an apricot tree in bloom is a scent you will never forget. Although you may not get a crop every year because of their early bloom, the flavor of fresh apricots picked from your own trees makes the risk worth taking. The trees will grow well in any well drained soil.  

Apricots should be planted 12-15 feet apart.



Harcot – is a dependable producer of large crops. Fruits are medium – large in size, yellow with a red blush, and sweet with a slight tangy flavor.  They can be used fresh, dried, canned or made into preserves, and with all apricots made into wine or brandy.  Harcot has very good resistance to diseases, and sets heavy crops that should be thinned to produce larger fruit. This variety was developed in Canada, and is quite winter hardy. Partially self fertile but will set heavier crops planted near another apricot variety.      SOLD OUT

        Ripens mid-late July


Hargrande – is a very large apricot of excellent quality. They are usually the size of a peach if you thin them to several inches apart. Fruit has all the qualities and uses of Harcot, and ripen just after.  This variety was developed in Ontario and has very good winter hardiness and disease resistance.   Plant with another apricot variety for heaviest crops.  SOLD OUT

                                                                                                                                                              Ripens later in July







Last Modified on April 2, 2024
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