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Moorpark ApricotPrunus armeniaca

  • Moorpark Apricot - Prunus armeniaca

This fruit tree is known for its juicy, sweet-tasting apricots that are good for fresh eating, canning or drying. Harvest time spans from early July to early August, but the fruit does not ripen all at once. The fast-growing Moorpark apricot tree is self-fertile, but planting two varieties is recommended for a better crop.

Beyond bearing fruit, the tree is also considered an attractive landscape tree, with its spring bloom of whitish-pink flowers.

Hardiness Zones

The moorpark apricot can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is a fruit tree, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces.

Mature Size

The Moorpark apricot tree grows to a height of 15–20' and a spread of 15–20' at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

This tree needs a minimum of 6–8 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Moorpark apricot grows well in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soil. It is not drought-tolerant.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Produces large, smooth, freestone apricots with fuzzless, deep yellow skin and deep orange flesh--great for fresh eating, canning or drying.
  • Yields ripe fruit typically from July to late August, but fruit does not ripen all at once.
  • Is self-fertile, but planting 2 or more varieties is recommended for a better crop.
  • Blooms early in the season, with whitish-pink flowers.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 600–700. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

History/Lore

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