Apricot

Posted by shane - December 16, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruit Trees, Trees - No Comments

Siberian apricot (Prunus sibirca)

‘Westcot’, ‘Capilano #1’, ‘M604’

Apricot blossoms.

Apricot blossoms

Apricot is very uncommonlly planted on the prairies.  I have seen only a few older specimens, and have only pruned a handful in the past 12 years.  That said, they are an interesting small tree, with stunning pink blossoms in the spring, and rarely, small, sour apricots in mid-summer.  The most impressive specimen I saw was in a 30 year old neighbourhood in Red Deer, and the tree was cascading over a small pond, bordered by an attractive stone pathway.  I can’t think of a better place for a tree like this.  For a moment, I forgot I was in Red Deer.

Apricot buds and flowers are easily damaged by spring frosts, and you may only see fruit on a prairie-grown apricot once every 5 years.

Exposure

Full sun

When to Prune

In dormancy, from late fall to mid-Spring (preferred).

Pruning

Since fruit production is not an issue, treat this tree as you would an apple or chokecherry. Train as a central leader standard with well-spaced main branches.  Subordinate co-dominant leaders, and remove dead, diseased, and damaged branches.

(c) 2014 Shane LePage, Wild Rose Garden & Tree Service, Red Deer, AB.