Edmonton's locally discovered apricot! The Capilano Apricots were a series of three apricot trees that were planted in Edmonton's Capilano neighbourhood. They are believed to be seedlings that were planted by a local resident sometime in the 1960s. They soon caught the attention of local fruit harvesters and hobbyists.
Our Capilano Apricot is true to the type of the most popular southern tree. It is the hardiest and sweetest of the trio of good size averaging 5 cm (2") in diameter. You'll love these large flavourful freestone apricots. Harvest occurs from mid to late July.
Growers Note: Apricots' main pitfall on the prairies is that they flower early and may get hit by a late frost. 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. You don't need to completely shade the tree 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: 3b/4
Height: 7.3 meters (24 feet)
Spread: 6 meters (20 feet)
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full sun
Pollination: Self-sterile (needs another apricot planted nearby)
Latin Name: Prunus ‘Capilano’