Northern Prairie Apricot
Extremely Hardy and Durable Apricot Grown in the Northern Plains
Seedling apricots were used once in the great windbreak project in the northern plains. The idea was to slow soil erosion and reduce wind speed. The fruiting component was not given much thought at the time. A few of these hedgerows still exist in the land of arid cold and frost. This is where we obtain our seedlings. Many of these apricots have proven quite hardy and fruitful even in the land of late frost. Seedlings are self fruitful but two is much better to improve yields. Will cross pollinate other apricots too. From North Dakota, this strain produces a dense shrubby tree with dense spur type fruiting all along the branches. Although early flowering, fruit set occurs quickly often setting the fruit in cold and frosty weather. Many types of bees pollinate this plant in early spring when nothing else is in bloom. If it is warm enough honeybees enjoy the blossoms as well. Fruit quality is not a priority with this selection but durability is.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Prunus armeniaca var. mandshuricaSeed Source:
Self fertile but two is better or another apricot.Soil:
Dry, exposed soils.Climate:
Zone 3-6 ideal. Does best in colder areas.Ease of Cultivation:
Easy to grow and fruit. Frost is an issue and some organic spray may be needed to control disease and insects.