Manchurian Apricot - Zone 3a -

Manchurian Apricot - Zone 3a

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Manchurian apricot offers a rare combination with ornamental beauty, hardiness, and an abundance of reddish gold fruits that are pleasing to both the eyes and the taste buds.

The fruit

The Manchurian apricot is a freestone fruit with rosy-cheeked golden skin and rich juicy yellow/gold flesh. On average the drupe is 2-3 cm in diameter; the flesh is very sweet while the skin has minimal acidity. It possesses a delicate flavour more similar to a plum than to common cultivated apricots. Manchurian apricots are great for fresh eating and can also be used in everyday cooking and conserves or dried. Like all stone fruit, storage life is limited so they should be eaten or processed within a few days of harvest to be at their best.

The tree

The tree itself is a fast growing and attractive specimen with a wide dense structure and reddish/brown bark. Aside from its beauty when laden with fruit it offers colour interest throughout the year from the delicate pink and white flowers that sheath its branches in early spring to later in the year a blaze of fiery fall foliage. The Manchurian apricot is hardy to zone 3a and grows vigorously with minimal need for water or fertilizer. It is relatively precocious with fruit production typically beginning after 2-5 years, and like other apricots can have a tendency towards alternate cropping that can be reduced with thinning of heavy crops. As this tree blooms very early in the spring, flowers can be susceptible to frost damage. This can be mitigated in part by planting in a sheltered location (ex. In the lee of a windbreak or a building, etc.) or by planting on a north facing slope to help delay flowering. It should certainly be kept away from low-lying areas where cold gathers. The tree is self-fertile and will produce fruit even if planted alone but will yield significantly better harvests in plantations of at least two trees. Our trees are seedlings as opposed to grafted varieties so variability in fruit characteristics can be expected.


The Manchurian apricot originates in the extensive region of northeast China and southeast Russia historically identified as Manchuria and has a long history of use in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures. It was introduced to the United States from Korea during the 1900s. Its ability to thrive in cold climates has long made it a popular shelterbelt tree in the prairies and an important part of many northern fruit breeding programs, contributing to the basis for many of the cold-hardy plum varieties that we see today.

Height at maturity4.5 metres (15 feet)
Spacing5.5 metres (18 feet)
Hardiness zone3a
SoilWell drained or damp, but not flooded
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringEarly May
HarvestLate July to early August
Average fruit weight6 g
Fruit colororange skin, yellow flesh
Years to bear fruit2 to 5
Pollinationself-fertile, but better yields with cross pollination
Latin namePrunus mandshurica
Average diameter of fruit2 cm
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