Pollinator Required ? No
Type : semi dwarf
Characteristics : sweet
Mature Height : 12-14 feet
Support Required : No
Bloom Period : early April
Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Will Produce Fruit In: 3-5 years
Harvest Period : Early July
Soil Type : all types
Zones : 4 - 8
Wenatchee Apricot tree - Prunus armeniaca "Wenatchee" :
The Wenatachee Apricot, Prunus armeniaca 'Wenatchee' bears large size fruit. This apricot may also be called Moorpark The fruit and skin is a light yellow. The Wenatchee is known for being a good annual producer. The fruit is flavorful and is widely used for drying and home canning. It is a self-pollinating tree.
The Wenatachee blooms very early so it is sometimes difficult in late frost areas. It produces best in well drained and moderately fertile soil. Thin fruit early in season for size/quality.
Wenatachee Apricot tree cold hardiness:
Zone 4 -20 Degrees °F to -30 Degrees °F
Zone 8 +20 Degrees °F to +10 Degrees °F
Fruit Tree Hardiness Zones Map
The Apricot was first cultivated in China in about 3000 BC. In Armenia it was known from ancient times, having been brought along the Silk Road. it has been cultivated there so long it is often though to be native there. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great and the Roman General Lucullus (106-57 B.C.E.) also exported some trees, cherry, white heart cherry and apricot from Armenia to Europe.
Subsequent sources were often much confused over the origin of the species. Loudon (1838) believed it had a wide native range including Armenia, Caucasus, the Himalaya, China and Japan. Nearly all sources presume that because it is named armeniaca, the tree must be native to or have originated in Armenia as the Romans knew it.