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Prunus armeniaca 'Blenheim' (Apricot)

Apricot 'Blenheim', Blenheim Apricot


Grown extensively in California for drying and canning, Prunus armeniaca 'Blenheim' is a small to medium sized apricot tree adorned with profuse clusters of pinkish white five-petaled flowers in early spring. They are followed by large, freestone, pale orange fruits in early-mid summer. They are sweet, aromatic, very juicy and perfect for eating, baking, canning or drying. Self-pollinating, this apricot tree forms a rounded crown with upwardly-reaching branches clothed in ovate, finely serrated, dark green leaves with a pointed tip. Best adapted to California and other areas with Mediterranean climates since its early flowers are susceptible to freeze damage

  • Typically reaches 10-20 ft. tall (3-6 m) and 10-15 ft. wide (3-4.5 m). Plant at least 8-10 ft. (240-300 cm) away from patios, water pipes and sewer pipes.
  • Performs best in full sun in deep, fertile, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Apricot trees are fairly precocious, and begin fruiting in their second year, but substantial harvest does not begin until 3-5 years.
  • This apricot tree has a chill hours requirement of 400 (hours of temperatures below 45ºF (7ºC) in the winter for their buds to open in the spring).
  • This variety is self pollinating. You may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops.
  • Frost sensitive, Apricot trees are perfect for Mediterranean climates.
  • Apricot trees require regular pruning to remain strong, healthy and produce bountiful harvests.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, squirrels, borers, Japanese beetle, leaf roller, mites, bacterial canker, bacterial leaf spot, brown rot, Oriental fruit moth, powdery mildew.
  • Apricots are propagated by cuttings, grafting onto rootstocks for fruit or can be propagated by seed, although the fruit from the seedlings is likely to be inferior in flavor to the parent.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Fruit Trees, Apricots
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Fruit Trees, Apricots
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds

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