The Early Blush™ apricot tree, which is also known as NJA53, developed at the Rutgers University apricot breeding program. Introduced in 1995 by Dr. Joe Goffreda. The Early Blush apricot is a cross between seedling, known as RR17-62, and NJA13. The hardiness and bloom date are comparable with Harcot apricot variety, but the fruit of Early Blush apricot trees ripen more than two weeks earlier than Harcot. The fruit is medium in size and can reach 1.8 to 2.0 inches with an attractive orange-red blush over a golden background color. The fruit may soften rapidly, especially at the pistil end. The Early Blush apricot variety is a very good dessert apricot variety and has excellent flavor.
Early Blush™ Apricot Tree
The Early Blush™ apricot (a.k.a. NJA53) developed at Rutgers University apricot breeding program and introduced in 1995 by Dr. Joe Goffreda. The tree is cold hardy for Zone 5. It is a late bloom variety. The fruit ripens more than two weeks earlier than Harcot. The fruit is medium in size and can reach 1.8 to 2.0 inches with an attractive orange-red blush over a golden background color. It’s a great dessert apricot variety with excellent flavor.
General Tree Height/Caliper: Most of our fruit trees (apple, peach, apricot, plum, pear, nectarine, quince, and cherry) are grafted/budded and are 4-6' tall with a caliper/diameter of about 1/4-3/4". Most have more than 5' height and 1/2" diameter. The other trees are seedlings, such as pawpaw, mulberry, persimmon, shade, berry, and flowering trees which range from 18-36" tall.
A rootstock primarily controls a tree's size and how early it bears fruit. Learn more about our specific rootstocks.