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.