Apricot ‘Westcot’

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Apricot ‘Westcot’

Prunus mandshurica ‘Westcot’

Zone: 3
Exposure: Full Sun
Mature Size: 20′ high x 20′ wide
Flower Color: Pink flowers
Fruit ripening time: Late August
Fruit Color & Size: Golden yellow with a red blush. 1.5″ wide
Pollination: Recommended but not necessary
Taste: Firm, meaty, and fine textured

Description:  A hardy apricot featuring showy pink flowers in early spring followed by tasty golden fruit in mid-summer. A golden-yellow apricot with a reddish tinge. Good for fresh eating and excellent for jams and jellies. Most apricot trees are self-fruiting (flowers from the same tree pollinate one another, an apricot tree is more productive when its cross-pollinated. Trees are best planted 18-25 feet apart to ensure good pollination.

Ornamental Features: Covered in stunning clusters of fragrant shell pink flowers along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes: This is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Requires occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Attracts bees and butterflies to your yard.

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