Apricot Seeds, Manchurian Apricot
** Also available as part of our "Frigid Fruit" collection **
(Prunus armeniaca var. Mandshurica) Deciduous. Zones 3-7.
Now here's a fruit tree for Canada! Manchurian Apricot is incredibly cold hardy! Hailing from Northeastern Asia, this quick growing, medium sized tree can produce fruit in as little as three years!
Manchurian Apricots are dark yellow, with a pinkish blush and about the size of a golf ball. These juicy apricots are free-stone, making them excellent for drying, canning and making other preserves. Of course, eating them fresh off your tree is pretty spectacular too!
Well drained, loamy soil is best for Manchurian Apricot trees. They are slightly drought tolerant but cannot handle any longterm saturation of the soil.
Although these trees are very cold hardy, their flowers are susceptible to frost damage! There are a couple of ways to protect your trees and ensure a plentiful crop.
You can plant your trees in a sheltered, South-facing micro-climate on your property, where a late frost would be less likely to hit.
Alternatively, plant Manchurian Apricot on a North facing slope. This may seem counter intuitive, but the colder Northen positioning will slow the development of flowers, forcing blooming into the later half of Spring. The slow blossoms will avoid the risk of late frosts.
Soak seeds for 24 hrs, followed by 60 days warm, moist stratification, followed by cold, moist stratification.
Cold Hardiness: Zones 3 - 7
Size: Small Tree
Growth Rate: Medium
Nitrogen Fixer: No
Native Plant: No
Germination: 60 - 80%
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Preference: Loam
Learn about starting trees from seed with Our Guide To Fall Planting
Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Nova Scotia, Canada.