Are there any interspecific hybrids with some apricot flavour that I can grow in zone 5b ? What are the hardiest varieties ?
I grow Flavor Delight, and it fruits most years. It’s mostly apricot.
I grow Tlor-Tsiran Apricot and while it took four years to fruit this year it was amazing. Apricots are like a once per seven years thing here so before i had eaten these i was planning on putting some A. Plums and pluots on it (like once per four years). It seems like @Drew51 has excellent results and loves the taste of Dapple Dandy, I want to try one of the Dapple Dandy cross with more blood in the fruit (Because i have a thing about red flesh) but wonder if i should just get Dapple Dandy and just be happy that there maybe a pluot that would fruit here every once in a while. Really the plum and taste i want is Elephant heart A. Plum but it just wakes up so early here (i think tlor tsiran would wake up after as it wakes up days before Superior). The hardy apricots like Montrose, Hoyt, Zard and Chinese / Mongolian seem to be some of the latest to wake up.
@ltilton How is the flavour of flavor delight? when does it wake up compared to your other trees?
Maybe @itheweatherman has an idea of some of the newer hardy interspecific crosses? I wonder if there are any of the new red dapple varieties that show some promise for z5?
Including the 2 varieties I have now, I have tried a half dozen varieties of apricots and they all get through the winter alright here…they just seem more susceptible to splitting bark and canker than plums. I don’t want to give up on trying to grow an apricot-like fruit but apricot trees are so troublesome…shame because they are beautiful.
Flavor Delight is about a week earlier than my Harglows. The flavor is almost pure apricot - maybe a bit more tang. The fruits are somewhat larger and definitely more juicy. I LOVE it.
Summer Delight Aprium and Sweet Treat Pluerry are by far the most hardy tolerant hybrids.
Here in Southern California, Summer Delight aprium blooms around March 21st and it rippens late August.
The flavor is between Geo pride pluot, Flavor Grenade, and with apricot after-taste.
The blossoms and young fruits are somewhat tolerant to frosts.
That sounds awesome and late for SoCal, Can you compare it to bloom date wise to monty cherry or a asian or euro plum or peach?
@ltilton Im really looking for apricot and more juice and that sounds excellent, When does it bloom compared to other trees?
Summer Delight blooms eight to ten days before Rainier cherry.
Of all my fruit trees, it’s first to bloom, right along with Asian plums.
Ahh superior plum is basically the earliest bloomer i have and my understanding is its late upon A Plums, they both sound great but maybe i should try to get a sweet treat and multi graft her with summer delight, dapple dandy, flavour delight and maybe elephant heart