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Montrose Apricot

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History: Montrose's parent tree was discovered growing in Montrose, California, by Lloyd Rosenvold after he purchased the land in 1952. He was surprised to find a large apricot tree growing quite high up on a hill in an area where the winters could get quite cold, yet the tree still produced large crops of excellent fruit. When he moved to Idaho in 1966, Rosenvold took seeds from the apricots of this tree to see how they would fare in an even colder climate. The best of these trees he named 'Montrose.'

Why We Grow It: Montrose produces medium to large freestone apricots that are yellow with a pleasant red blush. They have an excellent sweet flavour and even the pit is edible, being similar to an almond. Most importantly for us, these trees are quite hardy and bloom late, making them more reliable in our climate compared to other varieties. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam and loam, like plenty or organic material. 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: Very hardy and produces large crops. Generally disease resistant.

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

Pollination: 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      

Flowering Time: Late, good for avoiding spring frosts

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Mid July

Storage: Last 2-3 weeks in the fridge

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, baking, drying, preserving

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip/Branched: 100-200cm, may have branches
  • 50-80cm Whip: 50-80cm
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