Harlayne Apricot

Harlayne Apricot

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History: Harlayne apricots were developed at the Harrow Research and Development Centre in Ontario and released in 1980. It is one of several specifically bred to survive in a southern Ontario climate and of the Harrow apricots it was the most cold hardy.

Why We Grow It: Harlayne is a cold hardy variety that can tolerate temperatures of -30°C. It is a medium-sized apricot and freestone. The skin is a bright orange with an attractive red blush and the flesh is sweet, making it great for fresh eating along with canning or preserving. Unlike most of our apricots, Harlayne requires a pollinator.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Moderately vigorous. Resistant to brown rot, canker, and bacterial leaf spot. 

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apricot variety that blooms around the same time    

Flowering Time: Middle

Ripens: Late August

Storage: Last 2-3 weeks in the fridge

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, canning, freezing

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip grade: 100cm+
  • Branched grade: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • <1m Whip grade: less than 100 cm