Arctic Dawn is an open pollinated Westcot selection. These apricots are excellent in flavour, freestone and of good size averaging 4 to 5 cm (1.5+") in diameter. The Arctic Dawn flowers one to two days later than Westcot and ripens in late July. This tree has beautiful fall foliage. Developed at Lumsden, Saskatchewan in a fruit breeding program created by Dean Kreutzer and Tyler Kaban.
Growers Note: Apricots' main pitfall on the prairies is flowering early and getting hit by our frosts. The tree may be hardy but not their flowers! On average we are only rewarded with apricots every 4 years or so depending on the weather. Try planting your apricot tree where the trunk won't see much spring sun. But you don't need to completely shade the tree, just around the base. The idea is to keep the ground cool and prevent warming. Piling up some snow and adding leaves around the base will also help. This may give you up to an extra week or two before it flowers.
Hardiness Zone: 3
Height: 6 meters (20 feet)
Spread: 4.6 meters (15 feet)
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full sun
Pollination: Self-sterile (Needs another apricot tree nearby for best pollination)
Latin Name: Prunus 'Arctic Dawn'