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Early Golden ApricotPrunus armeniaca

The early golden apricot grows large, flavorful, golden fruit. Harvest time varies from early July to early August, depending on location. The fruit is great for fresh eating, baking, canning, or drying. This fast-growing fruit 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 specimen, given its attractive leaves and spring bloom of pink or white flowers.

Hardiness Zones

The early golden apricot can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8. View Map

Tree Type

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

Mature Size

The early golden 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

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

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


This tree:
  • Produces large, smooth, freestone fruit with orange-gold skin and orange flesh--great for fresh eating, baking, canning or drying.
  • Is self-fertile, but planting 2 or more varieties is recommended for a better crop.
  • Blooms early in the season, with pink or white flowers.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 450. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Yields ripe fruit typically from early July to early August, depending on location.
  • Features simple, broad leaves that are 2–4" long and closely toothed along the margin.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Is especially suited to the sourthern states.