Apricots

We have 870 apricot trees, on Myrobalan plum rootstock. Some are grown on trellis on a system called 'horizontal-vertical cordon', some are vase shaped trees. Our apricot season extends from mid-November through until January.

Picking dates can vary by up to two weeks from one season to another, depending on the conditions, but usually the order of ripening stays about the same. The dates given below are the average picking dates in Harcourt. Most varieties can be picked over a period of 2 or 3 weeks.

More information about each variety, including harvest dates, pollination information, production notes, chill hours, blossom time, origin and disease susceptibility and resistance (where known) are included in our Fruit Tree Database, accessible by members of the Grow Great Fruit program.

Bebeco Bebeco

Round, pale orange apricot.

Picking Dates: Mid December

 

Castlebrite Castlebrite

Early apricot, bright orange skin.

Picking Dates: Late November

 

Earlicot Photo not yet available

Early bright orange, egg shaped apricot.

Picking Dates: Late November

 

Goldrich Goldrich

Large, flat, oval apricots with shiny, bright orange skin.

Picking Dates: Late December

 

Katy Photo not yet available

Llight orange coloured apricot.

Picking Dates: Late November

 

Moorpark Photo not yet available

Heritage variety, late season.

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Paterson No photo yet, we haven't had any fruit on the trees!

Oval pale orange apricot.

Picking Dates: Mid December

 

Plumcot No photo yet, we haven't had any fruit on the trees!

There are lots of different plumcots, that are various crosses of plums and apricots.

Picking Dates:

 

Rival

Mid season large, bright orange oval apricot.

Picking Dates:  Mid December

 

Tilton No photo yet, we haven't had any fruit on the trees!

Medium size, pale oblong apricot.

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Trevatt

Heritage variety, small, flat, pale orange apricot. Very sweet.

Picking Dates: Late December

 

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