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Stark® SweetHeart™ Apricot

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Description

A Stark Bro's Exclusive!Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Enjoy fruits and nuts from the same tree! This variety produces big, delicious apricots with a second treat of delicious almond-like kernels inside the pit. Fruit flesh is firm, yet juicy with a sprightly flavor. The “nuts” can be eaten fresh or used in any recipe calling for almonds. Easy to grow and maintain — you can expect fruit from these trees as early as their third year. Freestone. Ripens in mid July. Self-pollinating.

Do not mix your Stark® SweetHeart™ kernels with the kernels of other apricots or peaches; almost all others are not edible.

Characteristics

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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Memories of a neighbor's apricot tree. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed apricots. This tree is still small, but survived our northern Michigan winter and is full of foliage. Looking forward to future fruit.
GINI C on Jun 10, 2016
the nut/kernel being edible also.
Orville G on Feb 28, 2016
Memories of a neighbor's apricot tree. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed apricots. This tree is still small, but survived our northern Michigan winter and is full of foliage. Looking forward to future fruit.
GINI C on Jun 10, 2016
We love the idea of the edible pit. The plant arrived in good condition, exactly how it was advertised. It survived the first winter without a problem, and there is new growth popping out already. It will take a couple years for it to bear fruit, so we are patiently waiting ...
CATHERINE M on Mar 9, 2016
the nut/kernel being edible also.
Orville G on Feb 28, 2016
father had an apricot
Gary C on Feb 27, 2016
We love the idea of the edible pit. The plant arrived in good condition, exactly how it was advertised. It survived the first winter without a problem, and there is new growth popping out already. It will take a couple years for it to bear fruit, so we are patiently waiting ...
CATHERINE M on Mar 9, 2016
father had an apricot
Gary C on Feb 27, 2016

Customer Reviews

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Stark SweetHeart Apricot
A winner for sure. This is our second tree. The first tree we bought 40 years ago is still bearing, and 10 years ago it produced 6,000 apricots, with corresponding edible pits.
June 1, 2016
Purchased
7 months ago
Sweetheart Apricot
Pre-ordered 4 peach & apricot bare root trees from Starks they delivered on time in fall, well packaged and included informal easy to read instructions for care & planting. Flower Mound, TX
March 10, 2016
Purchased
9 months ago
Beautiful Tree
Still no fruit but this is growing into a beautiful shaped tree. I have it currently in a half whiskey barrel with strawberries and the pairing is very pretty.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Honestly... this is a great tree....
So, here is a reason to buy this. Last year, I planted it in a spot that ended up having less light than I expected. This year I had to move it and I was very afraid I would kill it because the roots were well spread through the ground. I moved it, and it is doing very well. I had heard that moving dwarf trees killed them, but this apricot is such a champ, it just loves the new spot!
May 18, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing great
Thick, healthy growth after two seasons of growth. It was planted on the North side of the house in full sun. The tree is immature and has not bloomed yet.
May 29, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Sweetheart Apricot
We have had these trees for about 10 years and really like the fruit as well as the almond-like pits. The only problem is the fruit gets wiped out about every other year by our late frosts. Several years ago we bought three more of these trees and they are progressing well.
David Vaughn
Castle Valley, Utah
May 8, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Vigourous Grower
I purchased this sweetheart apricot in the spring of 2015. Throughout the summer and into the fall not much happened as would be expected since it needed time to settle in... However it did Bud out and grow leaves. Sometime over the summer my husband accidentally ran over it with the truck and the lower part of the stem practically broke in half... He immediately put it back together and splinted it. We hoped for the best but I felt that it would surely die. This spring however much to my surprise not only did it mend itself you can barely tell that it was practically broken almost in half... In fact it has leaked out quite nicely
May 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Great tree
Survived our harsh winter with no problem and is growing fast
May 22, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Doing well so far
Doing well so far. Almost died last summer, but came back this spring. Looking forward to many years of apricots from it.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Quality tree
I purchased this variety to grow in northern Utah in a shady area to bloom later spring. The tree was planted fall 2014 & has grown to about six feet tall. It has about 20 apricots on it in the early stages of growth. By next year it will be ready to produce a decent crop. The tree arrived in good condition & has grown fast. Would upload photo if had option. Overall good experience.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago