A hardy and sweet tasting apricot, Debbie’s Gold is ideal to grow in cold climates. Yellowish orange in colour, this freestone fruit averages around 4 cm in size. Great to eat fresh, it’s firm texture is also good to use in processing such as canning. Flowers later than other apricots, fruit ripens from the middle of July to early August. Introduced by Aubin Nurseries, Carman, Manitoba in 1980.
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. Even piling some snow around the base will help. This may give you up to an extra week or two before it flowers.
Hardiness Zone: 3
Height 4 meters (15 feet)
Spread: 3 meters (12 feet)
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full sun
Pollination: Self-sterile (Needs another apricot tree nearby for best pollination)
Latin Name: Prunus “Debbie’s Gold”