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Robada Apricot

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Jumbo apricots! This vigorous and productive tree yields large, deep-orange fruit with a bright-red blush. Flavorful and aromatic, these apricots are great for eating fresh, drying, canning or freezing. Originates from Fresno, California, introduced in 1997. Freestone. Ripens in early to mid July. Self-pollinating. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #9890 or other patents.


Bloom Color Purple, Red
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early-to-mid July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Outstanding! Balanced Between Sugars, Acids
Texture Firm, Finely Grained
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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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Stark Bro's Store
We wanted an additional variety to cross-pollinate with our Goldcot Apricot tree, and this variety looks amazing!
Adam A on May 7, 2016
We wanted an additional variety to cross-pollinate with our Goldcot Apricot tree, and this variety looks amazing!
Adam A on May 7, 2016
California Apricot, flavor, and it is a dwarf and self pollinating
Michael C on Feb 23, 2016
California Apricot, flavor, and it is a dwarf and self pollinating
Michael C on Feb 23, 2016
Is it an early ,mid, or late bloomer? This is so important for any area that gets late frosts as apricots are almost always way too early to bloom.
Joel B on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It just bloomed for the first time this year but we had a strangely warm March and April here in the front range. I would say it's a mid to late bloom but it also put out a second set of blooms after the first ones froze off. It bloomed a couple days before harglow which is considered late blooming. If you can find a Montrose apricot, that is the latest blooming one I've had.

Customer Reviews

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Robada Apricot
I have great hopes for this apricot tree. First of all, it grew well when planted. In the second year it grew nicely and made a few blossoms which was expected, but made no fruit. In the third year (2016) it survived the cold winter very well and made scores of blossoms. Unfortunately, the early very warm weather and then freezing weather down to 22 degrees killed all the blossoms, no surprise. I am pleased with this apricot tree, growing well, surviving cold winters, and looking to produce much fruit.

Andy Leatherman
May 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
More hardy than i ever would have expected
I was pleased with the growth this Robada apricot put on the first year. Over winter we saw temps dip to -20F, I was pleased to see this spring there was no winter die backon this tree at all, it even had about a dozen blossoms which was a completely unexpected surprise. I can't wait to taste the fruit.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
So Far, So Good
I live in Nevada right where the western boundary makes the weird jog. The tree went into an east facing site. I just planted this little tree in early 2016. It arrived healthy and leafed. It had very few blossoms but that isn't an issue yet since it is a new tree and in Nevada our frost regimen often catches fruit blossoms. One can only expect apricots about once every 7 years here. So, it's a little early to tell and that's why I gave it four stars - it's living and healthy now. It could go either way in the next few years.
May 18, 2016
1 year ago