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Goldcot Apricot

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Description

An apricot variety that can withstand cold winters. Researchers bred this tree in Michigan’s snow belt, so you can depend on its hardiness, vigor and production consistency, even in areas with lower-temperature climates. The fruit has a deep, tangy flavor — perfect for fresh eating or canning. Originates from Michigan, introduced in 1967. Cold-hardy. Freestone. Ripens in early July. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tangy, Sweet
Texture Fine, Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
This tree may not survive our cold winters, however apricots are a favorite of our granddaughter, so we decided to give it a try. It came through the winter which was milder than usual this year, and the little branches are all showing fat leaf buds.
NADINE T on Apr 19, 2016
Developed for mich. self pollinating. Early fruit
Andrew O on Apr 8, 2016
This tree may not survive our cold winters, however apricots are a favorite of our granddaughter, so we decided to give it a try. It came through the winter which was milder than usual this year, and the little branches are all showing fat leaf buds.
NADINE T on Apr 19, 2016
self pollinating and available in dwarf size
Troy P on Apr 14, 2016
Developed for mich. self pollinating. Early fruit
Andrew O on Apr 8, 2016
Cold hardy. Although my zip code is in zone 5B, it is really much colder than that. This apricot is supposed to be ok in zone 4.
KENNETH L on Apr 5, 2016
looking for a new fruit tree have peach and apple and wanted one that would produce sooner
Angel J on Apr 1, 2016
Cold hardy
Jo S on Mar 22, 2016
What's not to like? I liked the price and wanted a July yield time.
Jonathan A on Mar 16, 2016
my father had an apricot
Gary C on Feb 27, 2016
It is supposed to be a more sure crop, not freeze every year.
JUDY G on Feb 20, 2016
It looks like the hardiest tree for my area. Did not have good luck quite a few years ago because of early bloom and late frost.
RONALD B on Feb 20, 2016
self pollinating and available in dwarf size
Troy P on Apr 14, 2016
Cold hardy. Although my zip code is in zone 5B, it is really much colder than that. This apricot is supposed to be ok in zone 4.
KENNETH L on Apr 5, 2016

Customer Reviews

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Bloomed a little early
This Apricot tree bloomed for the first time this spring. The problem I had was that it bloomed too early and a late freeze prevented any fruit to set on. I even trie to cover the blossoms to prevent freezing but to no avail. It does appear to handle wet weather better than peach trees. Hopefully next year will be productive.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
2nd yr. and still alive
I bought it as bare root stock in the fall of 2014. It bloomed this year and is leafing out and appears to be growing ok. The soil here is a bit clayish and alkaline for this type of tree. Stark did their part in getting it to me alive. The tree is planted in SE Wisconsin.
May 8, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
First year in zone 4b
This tree was shipped and packaged very well. It was 5 feet tall and a trunk as big as you thumb. It transplanted well and had good foliage the first summer. A harsh early fall frost took out the top 6", but no damage to trunk. The spring of second year had a dozen bosoms which held up in a 28 degree frost. Foliage is developing better than most this spring.
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
ok
Growing ok...lots of leaves...no blossoms or fruit yet
May 5, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
goldcot apricot
its only the first year and it has apricots on it unless it freezes. we are very pleased.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Finally got it
I ordered this 2 yrs in a row and was told it was sold out. I looks like a healthy tree. I an looking forward to picking apricots.
May 12, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Nice tree
Tree grew a lot the first year I had it. In spring it had some blossoms so hopefully I will get some fruit.
May 5, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Seems like a great tree
I planted the tree last year, 2015, and it has grown tremendously. No fruit, probably for a couple of years, but I am amazed by how quickly it has grown.
June 1, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
The best
We used to raise apricots as one of the crops on our fruit ranches in Washington. Tried this apricot when we moved to Idaho and my wife and I agree it is the best tasting apricot we have ever grown. Can them whole with the pits left in and what a treat throughout the winter. Can't go wrong here.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing well
The Goldcot Apricot is doing well. It has survived a largely snowless winter, a drought and I expect to continue to grow and begin producing fruit in the next year or two. What is neat about the Goldcot is I wouldn't even have considered buying an apricot tree for the foothills of the Adirondacks Mountains without Stark Brothers catalog of largely winter hardy fruit trees.
May 29, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago