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PRUNUS armeniaca 'Wenatchee Moorpark'

Image of Prunus armeniaca 'Wenatchee Moorpark'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS armeniaca 'Wenatchee Moorpark'

Plant Common Name

Apricot, Wenatchee Moorpark Apricot

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

This is a modern hybrid of a very ancient tree that has been in cultivation for over five thousand years. Its point of origin is believed to be somewhere in Asia Minor. Known as either Wenatchee or Moorpark bears large fruit on a medium sized tree with a broad canopy. Large oval bright green leaves are held on upright branches. This variety is often grafted onto plum or peach rootstock in dwarf, semi-dwarf and full sized forms.

The pink flowers of this apricot tree blooms so early that frost can interfere with pollination and fruit production. It is best limited to regions that are not threatened by late spring frosts. Its large fruit is highly valued for drying, retaining a good size even when dehydrated. It is also popular for home canning. Fruit is a rich golden color. The tree itself is quite cold hardy, but asks for stable winter temperatures followed by a long, hot and very dry summer. Plant in full sun in well drained soils.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15'-35' / 4.6m - 10.7m

  • Width

    15'-35' / 4.6m - 10.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Orange, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Red, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No