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Can you tell me the names of some good Apricot and peach trees to grow around here? Also, my space is limited so I just wanted to plant one of each kind of tree. Will they still be able to pollinate?

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Many varieties of apricot and peach trees are self-fertile, so they won't need a pollinator and will still produce a crop.

For apricots, find a variety that says "late blooming" - this helps avoid loss of crop to late spring frosts.

It has been many, many years since fruit tree variety trials were conducted in Utah, so there are probably many newer  varieties that will perform well. Here are some of the older recommendations:

Apricot: Chinese, Moorpark, Perfection

Peach: Red Haven, Cresthaven, Gleason Elberta, Angelus

Newer variety possibilities:

Apricot: Harglow, Sungold, Moongold, Goldcot

Peach: Reliance, Intrepid

 

Posted on 17 May 2007

Maggie Wolf
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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