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Early Moorpark Apricot Tree
An earlier form of this famous variety which was supposedly introduced from the continent to Moorpark, Herts. in the mid 18th Century. Early Moorpark (Prunus armeniaca 'Early Moorpark') has an attractive pale yellow skin with an orange blush on the sunny side. The apricots have deep reddish-orange flesh and are very juicy. A good choice of apricot for planting on walls or a sheltered spot to protect from spring frost.
Type of Apricot: Eating
Picking Period: Early August
Fertility: This apricot is self -fertile so no need for another apricot to act as a pollination partner for it to produce fruit however the yield "may" or "should" be improved by having one. Can you tell we won't commit to that one? Generally speaking throughout the fruit tree world self-fertile trees do improve their yield when pollination partners are close by and we cannot find anything to suggest the Early Moorpark should be any different.
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FAO The boss. (I've lost your name through accidentaslly deleting your last e-mail.) Thank you for the two apricot trees which arrived yesterday in perfect condition. I want to congratulate you on the quality of your packing, and on the the potted condition of the trees. You merit a recommendation any time. With satisfaction, David Medd. 1017
Many thanks for the two Moor Park apricots which have just arrived. The packaging was superb and on unpacking the trees were as if they had just left the nursery. I will certainly be using Trees-on line again. Many thanks. 0913
Quick Fruit Tree Links
Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Apricot Tree Advice
Not a very demanding tree but a few things to remember.
- Make sure you plant the Apricot tree in a well drained spot where there is a lot of sun.
- Although these Apricot trees are self fertile, it still helps to hand pollinate with a small brush
- Prune the tree to allow sun in and air to circulate into the centre.
- As Apricots are early flowering fruit trees, they may be exposed to spring frosts. A fleece over the tree or planting close to a wall should help.
- If you have a large Apricot crop, prune in Mid May as part of the fruit thinning procedure. If a small crop, prune after harvest. Never prune in October through to end of April.
- If pot growing Apricots consistent watering is essential. A dry spell followed by watering can split the fruit.
Important Apricot Fruit Tree information
As with other stone fruit trees such as Plum, Damsons and Gages, Apricot fruit trees are a bit spoilt when it comes to being left in a container over Winter (Oct-March) They may decide out of spite to not do so well next year or as the ultimate act of defiance, just stop living. If you must have your Apricot fruit tree in a container, we advise leaving in a greenhouse or conservatory over the Winter months.
Apricot Root Stocks Explained
All our trees come with root stock options. Each options is made up of several parts. The things you need to know about Apricot root stocks are the following:
St Julien: Grows to 3.6 metres (More fruit than Torinel but takes longer for first full harvest)
Torinel: Grows to 3.0 metre (should fruit slightly faster but less of a yield compared to St Julien)
Maiden: Is one year old (good for re-shaping or other training)
Bush: Has branches starting lower down the main trunk.
Bare root: Comes with roots exposed, no pot or earth surrounding them (cheaper)