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New Large Early' Apricot Tree

One of the most hardy and reliable Apricots

The Highlights

    • As the name suggests, this variety produces an early crop in early August of large, tasty fruit
    • The large, juicy fruit is especially good for making jam
    • One of the more Reliable Apricot varieties that will perform better in colder summers
    • We still recommend growing only in the warmer parts of UK and in a sheltered, preferable south facing spot
    • Apricots perform best in the warmer part of the UK They prefer warmer weather, and their early spring flowers are susceptible to frost. You can protect them somewhat by growing in a sheltered spot, perhaps up against a south facing wall. Even then, in cold springs few flowers may set and so there won't be a big crop. If your fruit seems not to be ripening, pick and ripen indoors on a sunny windowsillMORE
    • Max size H3m x W2m - Myrobalan Rootstock Rootstocks restrict the size of a tree to make it more suited for an average gardenMORE
    • Self fertile Apricots don't require pollination by another tree to produce fruit, unlike many other fruit speciesMORE
    • Apricots are a bird's favourite, so you will need to protect your crop You can use a fruit net, a scarecrow, shiny objects or place close to the house or a busy path to try and deter the birds.MORE
    • Our potted trees are supplied in EcoPots™. Eco pots use 70% less plastic and are fully recyclable, unlike normal single use pots. They flex and so produce less root spiralling and travel better in the post.MORE
    • Our trees are usually between 18 and 36 months old at the time of dispatch.
    • Our trees are professionally pruned before dispatching. This formative pruning can involve cutting the main leader, if the expert tree growers decide this will produce a better shaped tree. This can stop the tree becoming "leggy", and promote stronger, bushier growth.MORE

New Large Early' Apricot Tree

One of the most hardy and reliable Apricots
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The Highlights

    • As the name suggests, this variety produces an early crop in early August of large, tasty fruit
    • The large, juicy fruit is especially good for making jam
    • One of the more Reliable Apricot varieties that will perform better in colder summers
    • We still recommend growing only in the warmer parts of UK and in a sheltered, preferable south facing spot
    • Apricots perform best in the warmer part of the UK They prefer warmer weather, and their early spring flowers are susceptible to frost. You can protect them somewhat by growing in a sheltered spot, perhaps up against a south facing wall. Even then, in cold springs few flowers may set and so there won't be a big crop. If your fruit seems not to be ripening, pick and ripen indoors on a sunny windowsillMORE
    • Max size H3m x W2m - Myrobalan Rootstock Rootstocks restrict the size of a tree to make it more suited for an average gardenMORE
    • Self fertile Apricots don't require pollination by another tree to produce fruit, unlike many other fruit speciesMORE
    • Apricots are a bird's favourite, so you will need to protect your crop You can use a fruit net, a scarecrow, shiny objects or place close to the house or a busy path to try and deter the birds.MORE
    • Our potted trees are supplied in EcoPots™. Eco pots use 70% less plastic and are fully recyclable, unlike normal single use pots. They flex and so produce less root spiralling and travel better in the post.MORE
    • Our trees are usually between 18 and 36 months old at the time of dispatch.
    • Our trees are professionally pruned before dispatching. This formative pruning can involve cutting the main leader, if the expert tree growers decide this will produce a better shaped tree. This can stop the tree becoming "leggy", and promote stronger, bushier growth.MORE

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

Bare Root
Our bare root trees are lifted fresh from the field, wrapped in a moisture retentive covering and packed straight away. You can be sure they will be fresh when they arrive. In winter, you can store for several weeks if kept in a cool, dark spot. Later in spring, when the temperature rises, you will want to plant within a few days of arrival.

Height on arrival:

120-150cm inc. roots

Eventual height:

4.5m

Eventual spread:

4m

Tasting notes:

juicy, sweet and perfect for Jam

Time to first crop:

2 Years
You may see your first Apricots after 2 years but you should not expect to see substantial crops for another 2-3 years after that

Hardiness:

Somewhat Hardy
Fairs better in the south of the UK and in warmer areas. Best grown in a sheltered spot, preferably south facing. If you can protect its early blossom from frost, then you will ensure a better crop.

Pollination group:

NA
Pollination groups relate to the time of the year when a tree flowers. Trees that flower at the same time can pollinate each other, which helps produce fruit if not self fertile, and can still improve yields even if they are. Trees can usually pollinate a group either side of their own; i.e "2" can Pollinate 1, 2, and 3

Uses:

Eating, Making Jams

Rootstock:

Myrobalan
Apricot varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. Myrobalan Apricot trees tend to only reach 3m tall, perfect for smaller spaces or those afraid of stepladders. They can also be trained to a smaller size by pruning or restricting the roots, by keeping in a smaller pot

Spacing:

Care Guide

Good Pest and Disease Resistance

Shows some resistance to the main pests and diseases for Apricots. You may see some damage from aphids and caterpillars

Water in well when planting - read on for ongoing care

Water in thoroughly when planting. For bare root trees

Full sun

with shelter

Prefers well drained

loamy soils

No need to feed

Don't worry

Some structural pruning required

Some pruning should be done each winter to ensure that your Apricot tree maintains a productive shape. This can improve yields and prevent disease. Read more detail in our knowledge articles below.MORE

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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