Apricot Tree Varieties

Apricot Tree Varieties

There are a wide assortment of  Apricot Tree Varieties that you can grow in your garden. There are even different types of apricot trees with fruits that have an almost candy-like flavor. If you’re looking for the best apricot tree to grow at home then you’re sure to find the perfect tree for you in this comprehensive selection


Apricot Tree Varieties


Autumn Glo Apricot Tree

Autumn Glo Apricot Tree (Buy Online) produces fruit that can be enjoyed fresh, or in baked goods. The firm flesh makes it an excellent canning variety.

This flavorful fruit does well in taste tests. It has good color and sweet yellow flesh. Autumn Glo Apricots make wonderful preserves and late season pies.

These vigorous trees produce a convenient harvest that ripens together. Enjoy your very late season harvest and prep to enjoy them in winter.

This is a wonderful variety for home growers to add, especially if you sell excess fruit at farmer’s markets. The firm flesh and good taste ship and store well. It’s nice to extend your fresh eating season so late!

Autumn Glo is a “kid-friendly” variety. The fruit is firm and won’t bruise, even with a vigorous helper picking the ripe fruit. Kids like the good flavor, medium texture and nearly fuzz-less skin.

People in many parts of the country are seeking out ways to increase their food security for themselves and their families. What better way than to add a self-pollinating Autumn Glo Apricot tree to your landscape?


White Knockout Apricot Tree

White Knockout Apricot Tree (Buy Online) ha white-fleshed fruit that is so sweet and so pretty. Let these become your early season apricots to sweetly kick off the harvest. Pale yellow, spherical fruit (sometimes called “blonde”) features a pronounced rose-pink blush and well-defined suture line.

White Knockout is both rich in fruit sugar and sub-acid. It simply tastes deliciously sweet. Even picky kids will relish these dessert-quality fruits!

Maybe you’ve tried the super popular white peach? Well, just wait until you’ve savored homegrown white apricots, tree-ripe and warm from the sun!

With their mild acidity and high natural sugar content, they taste like healthy candy. The skin is smooth and the texture is firm.

You’ll enjoy a productive harvest from White Knockout Apricot tree. You know…plant breeders do choose the names they give their plants for a reason!

With this tree, you’ll get a “one-two” punch of outstanding, flavorful fruit and an attractive landscape tree, as well.

Clouds of fragrant, white blooms cover the rounded canopy in spring. This showy display is worthy of a prime spot in your garden design.

All across the country, people are starting to understand how beautiful fruit-bearing plants are. Join the huge “Edible Landscape” movement with a tree that will delight your whole family.

White Knockout Apricot is self-pollinating, so you’ll get a crop with just one tree. However, we do recommend that you add another variety. You’ll be amazed how much more productive Apricots will be with a pollination partner.

Pair it with another white-fleshed variety like Canadian White Blenheim. Depending where you live, you’ll love adding sweet-tart, flavorful orange-fleshed Apricot varieties like Puget Gold, Chinese Apricot or Royal Rosa to your landscape, too.



Tomcot Apricot

Tomcot Apricot (Buy Online)

is a very Consistent and Productive Apricot with large, orange fruits and a very sweet flexh. The Tomcat Apricot will be ready for harvest, 2-3 weeks before Wenatchee Moorpark and 4 days before Goldstrike and Goldbar.

This fruit tree is partly self-fruitful but they will produce larger crops if cross-pollinated by another apricot. The fruit ripens in early July, 2.5 weeks before Wenatchee and 4 days before Goldstrike and Goldbar. The skin is a light-orange color and slightly glossy. A trace of blush develops on the side that is exposed to the sun. The pit is medium-large and free from the flesh.



Blenheim Apricot Tree

Blenheim Apricot Tree (Buy Online) is an early blooming apricot variety that features pale orange fruits that have a sweet, aromatic flavor. This all-arounder is an excellent Apricot for every use, including fresh eating, juicing, drying and canning.

This heirloom variety produces delectable, fragrant fruit that has been savored since the 18th century. Royal Blenheim fruit tree sets the standard for Apricots, and was well-renowned as a treat fit for royalty.

Starting from the lovely spring bloom of pink and white blossoms, to the stunning fruit set, Blenheim doesn’t disappoint. The skin is pale orange flecked with crimson and tends to green at the shoulder.

The juicy, orange flesh ripens from the inside. With an easy, freestone pit, this high quality fruit is ready for harvest in mid-season.

Blenheim is a widely adapted tree that is well suited for a wide range of climates from Zone 5 through the low chill hours of Zone 10. It’s also blessedly versatile for modern households and can be used in any Apricot application.


Goldcot Apricot

Goldcot Apricot (Buy Online) laughs at the cold and gray and sneers at the wet and humid. This apricot variety grows strong and healthy in less-than-perfect conditions. (It even handles Great Britain’s unpredictable cold and wet!)

Plant in well-drained soil, and give even moisture to establish. Then, keep it on the drier side after establishment.

Goldcot busts out in the spring with white flowers blushed with pink that are followed by medium-sized golden fruit in early August. The fruit is delicious and is great to eat fresh, make into preserves or to dry for use all winter long.



Tropic Gold Apricot


Tropic Gold Apricot (Buy Online) produces medium-large golden fruit that glows as it hangs from the stem. This profuse bloomer thrives in warmer regions that prevent other apricots from fruiting. If you want pristine apricots that are juicy and bright, you need a Tropic Gold Apricot tree.

The Tropic Gold Apricot explodes with abundant fruits that are yellow-orange with perfect red speckles. This tree’s tasty fruit grows in dense clusters on weeping branches. Tropic Gold Apricots offer firm flesh that is juicy and sweet.

If you’re familiar with other apricot trees, this one is often compared to the Blenheim or Royal varieties, with the exception of performing better in warmer locales.

While you won’t be able to resist snacking on these fresh fruits, you can also enjoy them in a wide variety of ways. The sugar level of the Tropic Gold Apricot makes them excellent for preserves and canning. You can add freshness to vanilla ice cream or yogurt with some sliced apricot or enjoy your crop anytime with dehydrated apricots and fruit leather.

The Tropic Gold Apricot tree performs better than other apricot varieties in warmer regions because it doesn’t require as much chill time. Its chill requirement is only 300 hours. This amazing tree fruits early from June to July and produces bushels of fruit.



Puget Gold Apricot Tree

Puget Gold Apricot Tree (Buy Online) produces elongated fruits with bright, orange flesh and classic apricot sweet flavor.  This Apricot variety is more resilient against those late spring frosts that can affect other Apricot selections. It’s self-pollinating, so you’ll only need one tree. But trust us, you’ll want to bump up production with two or more trees.

This late season harvest variety is a good producer. Enjoy the fruit fresh from your tree, still warm from the sun. They’ll store for several weeks. Be sure to save a few to make scrumptious preserves for a very special treat!

Puget Gold was developed in the variable spring weather of the Pacific Northwest. It does extremely well in that area. It’s also widely adapted to climate zones across the country.



Moorpark Apricot

Moorpark Apricot (Buy Online) is known as one of the best for fresh eating, canning or drying, Moorpark also has a very useful feature.

Not all of the fruit ripens at the same time. You can enjoy tree-ripe fruit for several weeks with a long season of harvest.

Add another variety to increase the overall size of your crop from both trees. Pollination partners help boost your production.

With Apricot trees, you’ll also enjoy a fabulous flowering display in spring. Moorpark is a good choice for cold, rainy springtimes. The blooms come on a bit later, which is a great way to beat any late frosts.

This is a consistent variety of large fruit that has plenty of eye appeal. You’ll enjoy the floral aroma, as well.

Moorpark has a juicy sweet flavor and resembles a small, yellow peach. It has deep orange flesh and skin with a smooth, golden-yellow, orange blush.

It’s wonderful for drying, used in baked desserts, special homemade preserves and canned. Of course, you’ll eat your fill of excellent apricots fresh, right off the tree!

This tree has been cherished since the 1600’s. One taste of a Moorpark from your very own tree will make you understand why Lord Anson from Moor Park took such pride in his own harvest.



Wenatchee Apricot Tree

Wenatchee Apricot Tree (Buy Online) bears large size fruit that is very tasty. The fruit is widely used for drying and home canning.

Although it is a self-pollinating tree, you’ll enjoy larger crops with a partner tree like Puget Gold. Wenatchee is also a great pollinator for late-blooming Apricots.

The flowers are white and fragrant! This tree can be a beautiful centerpiece in a landscape with the abundant spring flowers and attractive foliage and fruit set.

Order this ornamental edible plant from the expert growers at Nature Hills Nursery. You’ll love watching your tree growing all through the season. Enjoy the unbeatable taste of the fruit as a big bonus!

How to Use Wenatchee Apricot Tree in the Landscape

Plant this beauty front and center. Yes, you can use fruiting trees in your front yard.

Allow it to take its full size, height and spread to use as a single specimen tree. Plant it 20 feet out away from the corner of your house as a noteworthy anchor in your foundation planting.

Let it shine in a special spot in a mulched bed near your patio. The fragrant blooms and developing fruit put on a terrific show for your and your guests.



Royal Apricot Tree

Royal Apricot Tree (Buy Online) is a fruit-bearing tree (with delicious fruit that ripens in June-July). Plant one next to your home to enjoy every moment of your Royal’s development and early harvest.

Royal Apricot tree is aptly named. Its sweet, aromatic flesh is packed full of flavor. Its large, oval shape and sun-kissed, yellow skin is accented with a gorgeous, rosy blush. The fruit is terrific fresh from the tree, dried, canned…or any number of ways. The succulent, honeyed flavor has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, with a complexity of taste possessed only by the most superior of apricots. In short, Royal Apricot is an apricot fit for royalty!

Your Royal Apricot Tree will grow up to 18 feet in height, with a 10 foot spread. It has a rounded nature and is adaptable to a variety of soils. The fruit ripens early and is a healthy presence in your yard as it is full of vitamins A and C.

Royal Apricot trees are an extremely popular variety of apricot…and it’s easy to see why. With its lovely appearance, early harvest and the health benefits of having fresh fruit in your yard each summer, you really can’t go wrong with Royal Apricot.


Tilton Apricot Tree

Tilton Apricot Tree (Buy Online) is one of the world’s best apricot varieties for canning, the Tilton Apricot (Prunus armeniaca ‘Tilton’) is also superb as a fresh eating variety, and dries just beautifully. This is a delicious variety that bears an excellent crop, year after year.

Tilton Apricot features heart-shaped fruit that has a light golden hue with just a hint of rosy blush. The fruit has a unique appearance among apricots with its slightly flatter shape and “suture” line that goes halfway around the fruit. It is also prized for being one of the most flavorful of the apricots available today, with a sweet/tart flavor to its tender and juicy nature.

Owning your own Tilton Apricot Tree makes it easy to enjoy this delicious fruit right from the tree, saving money by skipping the store.

If you’re looking for a fresh-eating apricot, then look no further. This variety is delectably good right from the tree. It is also great in recipes, from fruit salads and compotes to baked goods and dessert breads. Don’t overlook the Tilton Apricot for preserving, though; it freezes and cans beautifully, so you can keep part of your harvest for later on in the year.

It’s a great choice for improving the beauty and value of your property. Plant it in full or partial shade and you’ll enjoy not just sweet, luscious fruit, but also a beautiful show of springtime flowers. Tilton blooms late, making it a favorite among growers who don’t want to risk late frosts.

The Tilton Apricot is a vigorous tree with a symmetrical shape and dense crown of green foliage, improving your home’s curb appeal out front or becoming a source of tempting and nutritious snacks out back.

Tilton’s spring bloom produces delicate pink flowers that are fragrant and a tempting lure to area pollinators, from butterflies to hummingbirds. It bears a heavy crop late-summer and is resistant to late frosts, so upkeep is minimal.

It’s self-pollinating so you don’t need a lot of space to enjoy this remarkable variety, and you can get your start with the Tilton by purchasing just one tree. Of course, you’ll always get a larger crop with a partner, or second tree.


Katy Apricot Tree

Katy Apricot Tree (Buy Online)  is a fruit-bearing tree that produces remarkable fruit, and is especially adaptable to warmer climates. Plant one (or better yet, several), in your side yard where you can enjoy the sights of your own personal apricot orchard all summer long.

Your Katy Apricot tree has many admirable features, but perhaps its most attractive asset is its early ripening nature. While friends and family are still waiting for their fruit trees to produce, you’ll already be picking your Katy Apricots in the month of May! The tree-ripened fruit is not acidic in taste and has a lively golden skin with orange overtones.

Katy Apricot is a highly productive tree, so you’re sure to enjoy a sumptuous harvest. The large, firm fruit is perfect for a wide variety of culinary uses, such as desserts, jams and jellies and is especially great for drying due to its high sugar content. It even freezes and cans well…and of course it tastes great right off the tree. As if the delicious fruit wasn’t enough, your Katy Apricot is also a pretty tree, blooming with fragrant, white flowers in spring and maintaining vibrant, green foliage throughout summer.

It is amenable to pruning, allowing you to trim to the height you prefer (and adding to ease of harvest). Katy Apricot is self-fertile, but as with most fruiting trees, will do better with a cross-pollinator.

Katy Apricot was introduced in 1978 and continues to be a popular choice among gardeners. Try one of these incredible, early-harvest apricot trees this year. You’ll be glad you did!


Golden Sweet Apricot

Golden Sweet Apricot (Buy Online) as the name suggests, produces deliciously sweet and juicy fruit. It’s fast becoming the top choice for home gardeners who want to grow these healthy fruits.

It’s a marvelous producer, even in areas that have traditionally been a bit “iffy” for apricots in the past. Climate adaptability makes it possible to enjoy these wonderful superfoods across a wider growing area.

A late season fruiting variety, the taste of the exceptional sweet, firm fruit is outstanding. Golden Sweet is self-fertile but will you’ll get a larger harvest when other apricot trees are near.

Golden Sweet will ripen later than the average variety. It is fast gaining a reputation as a superb selection to round out the season. It ramps up production just as other apricots are slowing down. Plant it along with an earlier ripening variety, like Tomcot, to extend your harvest time to almost two months.

This variety can be used for pies and tarts, jams and preserves or cut it up into a fruit salad. The Golden Sweet is perfect for drying, as the flesh is dense and sweet. Try apricot halves in the dehydrator (Buy Online) and then freeze them and enjoy this perfect snack for months to come. Of course, nothing beats eating an apricot fresh off the tree.



Chinese Apricot Tree

The Chinese Apricot Tree (Buy Online) is a hardy, deciduous tree that produces delicious, early fruit. Be sure to plant one in view of a window so you can enjoy watching your harvest develop throughout the summer.

One of the prettiest edible fruiting trees, Chinese Apricot Tree is sure to be a lovely addition to your yard. The branches expand an elegant spread, supporting many shorter branchlets for an appealing appearance even in winter.

In the spring, pink-hued, white flowers will appear to be sprinkled across the branches, a lovely welcome to the warmth of summer. Serrated, oval green leaves cling to colorful, reddish stems through the summer, clothing the tree in vibrant green.

As the season progresses, the flowers give way to spherical, pitted fruit. Ripening to a yellow-orange brilliance, the delicious fruit is sure to stand out in sharp contrast against lush, green foliage.

Chinese Apricot fruit is of superb quality, and generally freestone, making it easy to use in canning, drying, or in baked goods.

Apricots contain carotenoids which are antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, reduce “bad cholesterol” levels, and protect against cancer. In fact, apricots and their stones have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. They are also high in fiber and considered by some to be a natural weight-loss food.

The Chinese Apricot Tree is an early bearing, heavy producing variety that is recommended for difficult climates (especially those prone to late spring frosts). It blooms late and is also one of the earliest ripening fruits.

Chinese Apricot is considered semi-dwarf, and is adaptable to many soil types. It doesn’t require a pollinator, so you can even try just one if you prefer. However, harvests are generally larger with more than one tree. Choose a Tilton late blooming apricot as a partner.


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Goldbar Apricot

Goldbar Apricot (Buy Online) produces very large, light yellow-orange fruit with reddish blush. The fruit is round to oval with slightly compressed sides and is very large. The skin is light-orange and slightly glossy. A reddish blush covers up to 30% of the side that is exposed to the sun. The flesh is light orange, very firm, meaty and moderately juicy. Some acidity is associated with the skin.

Quality for the fresh market is good. The pit is large and freestone. Goldbar is not suitable for canning. It is a vigorous tree that flowers heavily but sets light crop, which increases fruit size.