Blenheim Apricot Fruit Tree
Blenheim apricot produces medium to large, pale orange, red-speckled fruit with very juicy, orange flesh and enticing, sweet, aromatic flavor that sets the standard for apricots. This early-blooming, self-pollinating variety is famous in California for its canning quality, but is also good for drying and fresh eating.
Delectably sweet and tender, fully ripe Apricots are a unique taste treat. Difficult to ship when ripe, Apricots are best grown at home or purchased from a local farmer. Apricots like half day to full day sun, well drained soil, and begin bearing in 2-3 years. To help prevent disease problems, spray with copper in fall and again in winter and early spring during dry spells.
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Latin Name: Prunus armeniaca
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil
RootstockDescription: Grafted onto Lovell Peach rootstock. Lovell Peach is very hardy and well adapted to different soil types.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile, but benefits from cross-pollination with another Apricot.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height
Taste: Juicy, sweet, aromatic
Fruit Skin: Pale orange with red speckles
Fruit Flesh: Orange
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: August
Yield: 50+ lbs.
USDA Zone: 5-8
Pests & Diseases: Spraying with copper in the fall before the rainy season begins can help prevent bacterial canker. Spray again during dry spells in winter and spring. Apricots are usually not bothered by insects.