Moorpark Apricot Fruit Tree
Moorpark Apricot Tree produces very large, 2-2.5″, deep yellow and orange-red blushed fruit with juicy, sweet, deep-orange flesh of excellent quality. This vigorous dwarf tree grows 8-10 feet tall, flowers early with showy, pinkish white blossoms, and dependably produces fruit July-August. Most Apricots require around 600 chill hours of below 45º F.
Delectably sweet and tender, fully ripe Apricots are a unique tasty 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
Rootstock Description: Grafted on 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: 8-10 ft. in height
Taste: Sweet, juicy
Fruit Skin: Orange- red blushed
Fruit Flesh: Deep orange
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: July-August
Yield: 50+ lbs.
USDA Zone: 4-8
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.