Hardy Apricot

Hardy Apricot

The Hardy Apricot, Prunus armeniaca, likes full sun and loamy well-drained soil.   Hardy Apricots grow well in mild climates with long summers. The tree will thrive protected from wind that still receives full sunlight. They are native to west Asia. Hardy Apricot are self-pollinating, though will produce best when in presence of other species in the Prunus genus, such as wild black cherry, choke cherry, and american plum.

The fruit is similar to a small peach.  The  flesh is usually firm and not very juicy. Its taste can range between sweet to tart. The fruits can be used for jams, jellies and dried snacks. A healthy apricot tree can live from 20 to 30 years. Wildlife: After the matured fruit drops to the ground , large field mice, squirrels and other small rodents enjoy the nutritious flesh and seeds it contains.

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