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Apricots

Apricots are an exciting and demanding crop and grower returns for the right product are high.

Origin

Apricots belong to the species Prunus armeniaca. The species arose in Central Asia and has been spread to middle Asia and the Caucasus and beyond by humans.

Characteristics

Apricot varieties are the most locally adapted of all stone fruit crops and many varieties do not perform well outside of narrow geographic regions.

Flavours of apricots can vary from a “true” apricot flavour through to “pumpkin like” flavours.

External colour varies from pale yellow through to bright orange with or without a blush.

Internally apricots can range in colour from white to yellow to deep orange.

Most recently selection has been for blushed orange apricots with “true” or “enhanced true” apricot flavour. Recent trends are also for apricot like fruit created from crossing Prunus armeniaca with other Prunus species.

Apricots bloom early in the season and are frost sensitive.

Varieties vary widely in their chilling requirements and tree form.

Pollination

Care needs to be taken with the variety selection to ensure cross pollination. The general rule is that the varieties must flower at the same time. Some cultivars are more compatible as pollinators than others and some varieties appear to be better pollen donors. The current thinking on orchard layout is that blocks of no more than 3 rows of a variety need to be broken by 1 or more rows of a pollinating variety to get the highest fruit yields per hectare.

 

McGrath Nurseries Ltd are a prominent supplier of high quality apricot trees and have introduced a number of commercially significant varieties into New Zealand.

See our specific variety sheets for pollinator recommendations, chilling requirement, tree form and other relevant information.

Apricot shapes of fruit

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Oblong
Symmetric
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Symmetric
Oblong
Marked
Suture
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Round
Oblong
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Round
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Oval
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Round
Oblong
Asymmetric

icon-apricotApricot Maturity Chart

NewZealand-CentralOtago

Maturity based on Alexandra in Central Otago

The Maturity Chart is a general guide for each variety of Apricot. The dates are based on Commercial Harvesting dates in Alexandra in Central Otago.

If you are planting in a different district, please adjust these dates as below: 

  • Marlborough -7-10 days
  • Hawkes Bay -21 days
  • Twyford -7 days
  • BOP/Auckland +2-5 days
NOTE: We recommend that you obtain independent advice before you make any decisions in reliance on this chart... See our Maturity Disclaimer
 

TO VIEW VARIETY DETAILS - Select the variety name at the left of this chart to view the variety information sheet.

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Variety Key Dates Dec Jan Feb Mar
19 22 25 27 30 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 3 6 9 12
icon-green Gold Nugget® R 19/12-29/12 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
icon-green Sylred® T 22/12-05/12 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Newcastle Early NR 23/12-02/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
icon-green Big Red® R 24//12-3/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Royal Rosa R 27/12-10/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Robada NR 27/12-03/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Orangered NR 27/12-03/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Earliril NR 03/01-13/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
icon-green Kioto® T 04/01-14/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Cluthasun NR 05/01-15/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Sundrop NR 06/01-16/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Valley Gold NR 12/01-22/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Vulcan NR 14/01-24/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Cluthagold NR 15/01-25/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
icon-green Cluthafire R 15/01-25/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Skaha NR 16/01-26/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Cluthastar NR 17/01-27/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Trevatt NR 18/01-28/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Alex NR 20/01-30/01 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Moorpark NR 28/01-09/02 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Southern Cross(F194) PBR 05/02-26/02 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
NEVB180113 PBR 10/02-02/03 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange
Genevieve (LARCLYD) PBR 18/02-11/03 icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange icon-orange

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Maturity Disclaimer

McGrath Nurseries Ltd have used their best endeavours to ensure this chart is accurate, however, it should be used as a guide only.

We do not accept any responsibility for harm, loss or damage caused or resulting from your use or reliance on any of the information contained in this chart in the event that any of that information is inaccurate or incomplete. Maturity information on some new varieties has been based totally on overseas data, not local experience and therefore may not be accurate.

We recommend that you obtain independent advice before you make any decisions in reliance on this chart and rely on your own inquiries in relation to any district performance relative to the standard timings indicated.

Regional Maturity

New-Zealand

This is a general guide for the maturity for each variety based on a specific area in New Zealand. For other districts, see the guides beside the maturity chart.

Apple, Peach, Plum and Nectarine dates in the Maturity Charts are based on Hastings.

Apricot and Cherry dates in the Maturity Charts are based on Alexandra, Central Otago.

Pear dates in the Maturity Charts are based in Nelson.

Plant License Key

R Tree Royalty Payable
PBR Restricted Sales Production Based Royalties
® Registered Trademark
Trademark
NR No Royalties
TA Test Agreement Required
(Note: This is not an offer for sale of trees, only the right to test the selection. Trees may remain the property of the breeder/owner)

Colour Key

icon-red Apples
icon-orange Apricot
icon-burgandy Cherry - Red Fleshed
icon-yellow Cherry - White Fleshed
icon-paleyellow Nectarines - Yellow Fleshed
icon-lightblue Nectarines - White Fleshed
icon-peach-yellow-fleshed Peach - Yellow Fleshed
icon-peach-White-Fleshed Peach - White Fleshed
icon-purple Plum
icon-beige Pear

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