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- Prunus armeniaca 'Royal Blenheim' Blenheim Apricot is the most popular in California and Los Angeles. In the Summer, the Blenheim Apricot tree produces medium size fruit that are juicy, sweet, and have excellent flavor. The skin is orange to yellow color...
- The Flavor Queen Pluot is a very delicious hybrid of plum and apricot. These pluot fruits have green skin with a yellowish green flesh. It is very juicy and have an amazingly tasty flavor. Flavor Queen Pluot trees require ...
- Prunus armeniaca 'Royal Rosa' Sweet, juicy, and very tasty apricot with low acid. This great home orchard apricot tree provides early and Summer harvest. A very strong and disease tolerant tree. Produces heavy at a young age. Less than 500 hours. Self-...
Although Apricot trees are native to Armenia, their are many great varieties growing in the United States. However in Southern California their are only a few low chill types of Apricot trees that will produce fruits. The most popular Apricot tree in Los Angeles is the Royal Blenheim because their sweet juicy delicious and very consistent flavor.
An Apricot tree is a woody deciduous fruit tree. An Apricot fruit is a drupe, similar to a peach, but about 2″ in diameter. The skin is yellow to orange color, and usually blushed with red tinge on the side facing the sun. The surface of the skin can be smooth, or almost like velvet. The flesh of popular varieties such as Blenheim are sweet and juicy with pleasant flavor. Apricots have a single seed is called a stone, an incasement in a shell that is hard with a grainy and smooth texture surface. An apricot tree blooms white flower in the Spring, and the fruit is ripe in the Summer. Eat an apricot fresh, dried, used in cooking, medicine, and deserts. Apricots are a healthy snack that is low calorie and high in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
Growing The Apricot Tree
Trees can be kept small, 10-25 ft tall with a full and wide canopy. deciduous trees that grow to a moderate size. Trees are self-fruitful, aromatic and produce white to pink Spring blossoms.
Grow Apricot trees in the full sun and well soils that drain well. Water once to twice a week in the Spring to Summer until trees establish. Reduce frequency in the Fall as the tree loses their leaves. Prune Trees and Provide little to no supplemental water in the Winter while the trees are dormant. Use organic winter dormant sprays, horticultural, and fungicides to manage pests. Thin in the summer to manage size, form, and plant energy. Summer thinning is important but Winter is when the majority of pruning should occur.
In Southern California, Low Chill Apricot Trees such as Blenheim, Royal, and Tropic Gold grow well and produce lots of fruit in mild winter climates like Los Angeles. They also do well in other areas of Southern California such as Orange County and San Diego. Grow your own Apricots in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Burbank, Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Long Beach down to Anaheim, Newport, Laguna Beach. These will produce fruit in all other areas of the US above Hardiness Zone 6.