Hunza Apricot is a valuable variety from northwest Pakistan where it grows wild in the Hunza Valley. Fruits are deliciously sweet and flavorful and dry well on the tree. Hunza is also valued for its kernels that are eaten and reported to be very healthful.
Delectably sweet and tender, fully ripe Apricots are a unique taste treat. Difficult to ship when ripe, Apricots are best gown at home or purchased from a local farmer. Apricots are also a challenge to grow west of the Cascade Mountains. Out wet winters lead to disease problems and flowers can be hurt by late frost. Our tasty, sweet, late-blooming varieties Puget Gold Apricot and Hoyt Montrose Apricot are ones that do the best in the Northwest Climate.
Apricots like half day to full day sun, well drained soil and begin bearing in 2-3 years. They are hardy to minus 25 degree F., (USDA Zone 4) and grow 10-12 ft in height. To help prevent disease problems, spray with copper in fall and again in winter and early spring. Apricots are usually not bothered by insect pest in our region.
Latin Name: Prunus armeniaca
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil
Rootstock Description: Citation
Pollination Requirements: Hunza is self-fertile
Hardiness: Hunza is hardy to minus 25º F
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft. in height
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 50+ lbs.
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 in the Pacific Northwest.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 4-6
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not Listed