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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
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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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 15 - 20' Tall X 15 - 20' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 15 - 20'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apricot trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

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Shipping Restrictions

Agricultural regulations prohibit shipment of certain types of trees and plants. We do our best to provide a selection that gives everyone a chance to grow their own. This item cannot be shipped to all of OR. Parts of CO.

Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

Every order comes with our promise of satisfaction. If you aren't completely satisfied with your order, let us know within one year for a free one-time replacement or refund.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
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
the nut/kernel being edible also.
Orville G on Feb 28, 2016

Customer Reviews

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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
8 months 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
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
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
Anxiously awaiting fruit.
Planted what looked like a dead stick and had doubts about survival.
Now 1 year later very healthy full of leaves.and it looks like a peach
tree growing from root stock.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Right on schedule
In Indianapolis, we may be on the northern edge of growing zone (5). I was intrigued by the planting instructions which gave an exact date to plant - later than I expected. Just as I was filling in around the planted tree, heavy snow began - the bad winter of 2014-15! But the tree is growing well, not yet flowering or bearing. Glad I bought from my childhood neighbor, Stark's.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Stark SweetHeart Apricot
Would recommend. Tress came when it was suppose to and was very healthy. We are now just waiting for the fruits to produce so we can enjoy.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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