Silver Creek Nursery

Chinese Apricot

Chinese Apricot

History: Chinese apricots (aka Mormon apricots or Chinese Mormon apricots) are a variety whose origins are more or less entirely unknown. Based on the name, some speculate that they may have come from China originally (apricots are native to China to begin with) and could have been further planted in the US by Mormon colonizers. Their cold hardiness and late bloom time has allowed them to thrive in cooler areas and higher elevations than many other apricots can handle.

Why We Grow It: These apricots are a delightful addition to our chilly Canadian orchards since they bloom late to avoid the spring frosts. Despite the late bloom time, they ripen very early, and produce plenty of fruit to boot! They produce medium-sized fruits that are sweet and tender, plus they are freestone which makes them good for other uses such as canning, baking, and drying. 

    Fruit Specs

    Recommended Use: Fresh eating, canning, drying

    Fruit Size: Medium

    Storage: Last 2-3 weeks in the fridge

    Harvest: July

    Growing Specs

    Canadian Hardiness Zone: Hardy, may naturally stay at a more compact size according to some sources, produces heavy crops

    Soil Preference: Fertile sandy loam, loam, lighter clay loam - nothing very heavy. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring.

    Flowering Time: Late, good for areas with late spring frosts

    Bloom Colour: White

    Pollination Requirements: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without an apricot tree of a different variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present

    Sun/Shade Requirements:

    Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

    General Growth Habits:


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    Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

    Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

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