Thorns on Apricot?


#1

Just wondering if anyone knows why my apricot is growing thorns?


#2

I observed these on my apricot tree as well. I won’t call these thorns.

Based on earlier thread below, these may turn into fruiting spurs.


#3

I’d call those spurs too. However mine are sharp and pointed at the ends. That’s why I called them thorns.


#4

I think its a evolutionary response to protect young trees that apricots and some plums i have seen and i do think they turn into fruiting spurs


#5

I have had that on apricots and plums and they never turned into fruiting spurs. You can get them on shoots with really vigorous growth.


#6

I always figured new sprouts or bud spots were underneath these? Have only seen it on a few young trees and it seemed to grow out


#7

I had them on my mirabelles (plums). They were thorns. In seven years they never turned into fruiting spurs.


#8

It’s very common, especially on younger trees. I have seen fruits on some of these spurs, but not a lot.