Alfred Apricot Tree Overview
The Alfred apricot tree bears fruit whose delicious flavor is hard to beat. Additionally they are ideal beautiful trees if you live in a cold climate (Northern United States). Not only is it cold hardy, but since it is late blooming, the occasional late spring frost won’t damage it. In 1965, the New York State Experiment Station in Geneva introduced Alfred apricot, which is open-pollinated seedling of selection from [Doty x Geneva]. When this apricot tree starts to bloom in the spring, your garden will be adorned with beautiful pink-white flowers. They’ll ripen in early-mid August and will be perfect to eat off the tree.
- Uses: Eating fresh
- Taste: Sweet, and juicy
- Fruit Size: Small to medium and round
- Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft. in height
- Color: Orange with a pink blush
- Hardiness Zones: 3a-7
- Harvest period: early-mid August
- Pollination: Self-pollinating although the crop will increase with 2-3 more trees planted around it.
- Cultivation: This apricot tree grows best in full sun with well drained soil. It will bear fruit 2-3 years after planting. It is very productive but must be pruned in order for the crop to grow well.
- Diseases: Most apricot trees are susceptible to bacterial canker. If you want to identify this fast, look for gum that starts oozing from the nark and dark lesions that appear on the main stems and trunk. When this happens, one way to prevent damage is to cut the affected area to healthy wood, yet not when the affected area is low on the main stem.