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Apricot, Moorpark Prunus armeniaca

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A large yellow variety that bears from July to late August. Juicy, sweet tasting fruit which are good fresh, or for canning and drying. It is a self-fertile tree, but planting two varieties is recommended for a better crop. (zones 4-8)

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Zones 4 - 8 Zones 4 - 8
Hardiness Zones 4 - 8
The Moorpark Apricot can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Fruit Tree Fruit Tree
Type of tree
Fruit Trees
15' - 20' High 15' - 20' High
Mature Height
The Moorpark Apricot grows to be 15' - 20' feet in height.
15' - 20' Spread 15' - 20' Spread
Mature Spread
The Moorpark Apricot has a spread of about 15' - 20' at full maturity.
Fast Growth Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This apricot does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Moorpark Apricot grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This apricot has rounded shape.
Attributes

A medium to late season apricot landscape tree with large, tasty fruit and attractive showy whitish-pink blossoms. Ripening does not occur all at once. Apricot trees are self-fertile, so one tree can produce fruit by itself without pollen from a separate tree, though it still needs insects to transfer pollen from blossom to blossom within the original tree. These Moorpark seedlings may be grown from seed or budded, but mainly grown from seed.

Chill hours (CU) requirement: 600-700. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32 and 45 degrees F in a typical winter season). For best fruit production, calculate the chill unit (CU) for your growing zone to be sure it aligns with the CU requirement of this tree.

Description

A large yellow variety that bears from July to late August. Juicy, sweet tasting fruit which are good fresh, or for canning and drying. It is self-fertile tree, but planning two or more varieties is recommended for a better crop. (zones 4-8)

History/Lore/Use

Native to China, this apricot was introduced into England before 1688 by Lord Anson, an English Admiral. He planted them at his estate in Herefordshire. His estate was called "Moor Park."

Height Variations

The standard grows to be 15' - 20' in height. Dwarf grows to be 8' - 10' in height.

Spread Variations

Standard has a spread of about 15' - 20'.

Moisture

This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.

Flower Color

whitish-pink

Bloom Time

Early

Fruit Description

This tree produces a large, 2 - 2 1/2" smooth, fuzzless, deep yellow skinned fruit with an orange red blush. It has firm, deep orange flesh. Freestone.