tomcot7.jpgApricots are absolutely delicious, and a pain in the butt to grow in the Klamath-Trinity.  They are susceptible to a wide range of bacterial and fungal diseases.  They bloom early and most years the blossoms and/ or young fruit are destroyed by winter rains.  They will not tolerate heavy soil or standing water.    Microclimate is all important.  If you want to try apricots, here is our advice:

  • Plant only on well drained soil, apricots to not tolerate any amount of standing moisture in the winter.
  • Do not winter prune, Eutypa is a common fungus that will enter fresh pruning cuts in the wet season and cause dieback.  Wait until summer to prune.
  • If possible, plant to avoid the early winter sun, it's those first warm days that can break dormancy too early in the year, causing the tree to bloom early and lose its blossoms in the winter rains.
  • Disease resistant varieties, such as Puget Gold, withstand disease better, but do not taste as good as the more popular varieties such as Blenheim and Tomcot. 
  • When planting apricots, look for the right microclimate, a knoll or rise that cold air drains away from is ideal. 

Apricots at a Glance


Climate Zones:

USDA zones 4-9, Sunset zones vary by variety but include 3-24.


Chilling Requirement:

350 - 900 hours






Semi-dwarf Citation

Semi-dwarf Marianna 2624










Years to Fruit:

2 to 3

2 to 3


Life Expectancy:

20 to 30 years

20-40 years