Goldcot Apricot

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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. Freestone. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early July. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Yellow
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 20' tall x 15 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Something new
James S on Mar 5, 2019
Good characteristics.
Marvin Y on Nov 30, 2018
Something new
James S on Mar 5, 2019
It???s more tolerant of the cold ??????even though their self pollinating ??????I bought as a pollinator for my first tree????????????
Patricia F H on Feb 16, 2019
Good characteristics.
Marvin Y on Nov 30, 2018
I have two other varieties. A person can never have too many Apricots.
DAVID F on Oct 14, 2018
Hardy in Zones 4-8
Diane S on Oct 5, 2018
self pollinating
Erich O on Sep 5, 2018
needed another apricot that was good for fresh eating or canning. The versatility of this fruit is a must for the backyard-grower. Thank you!
James F on Apr 3, 2018
I fondly remember my grandmother's apricot tree--and her apricot jam!
Regi T on Jul 8, 2017
I selected this one because it is one my husband thinks his parents had. We want to see what we can make from the fruit like jelly and brandy.
Cheryl B on Mar 19, 2017
make great wine
BARBARA M on Mar 9, 2017
I've got a small backyard and i wanted 2 fruit trees, my wife loves apricots, this is probably compact enough and self pollinating so here goes.
Michael G on Mar 8, 2017
Grandma had an apricot orchard when I was a kid.
Elly M on Mar 4, 2017
The Goldcot apricot is a dwarf tree that will fit into the orchard, and it is zoned for this Montana area.
Bonnie M on Dec 29, 2016
Self pollinating, very cold hardy
Rita T on Aug 18, 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.
Larry 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
It???s more tolerant of the cold ??????even though their self pollinating ??????I bought as a pollinator for my first tree????????????
Patricia F H on Feb 16, 2019
I have two other varieties. A person can never have too many Apricots.
DAVID F on Oct 14, 2018
Is a self-pollinating tree like the Goldcot Apricot able to pollinate another kind of apricot tree that needs a pollinator?
Dana W on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. If you'd like to give us the name of the other variety, we can tell you for sure if Goldcot can be a pollinator?
How early or late does this tree bloom? Worried about late freezes here in Central Kansas.
Sara D on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I live in Springfield, MO, further south than you are. Our tree is doing fine but we do have late freezes and frosts here. So far, we have not had any apricots this year but I only hope for fruit every 3-5 years on any of our trees. Anything more is a great blessing.
When is the best time to spray for bugs and how offen?
Sheree L on Apr 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Spray dormant oil before buds break. Then I keep a eye on what's around for bugs. I try to spray as little as possible.
Are Apricot trees deer resistant? Do deer eat the leaves and fruit as they grow?
KEITH D on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have purchased a couple of young Apricot trees two years ago and even though deer come regularly to my yard, they leave the trees alone (even young buds). I am not sure if they will nibble on the fruit once the trees start bearing, but they definitely help themselves to peaches and apples. However, these are all heavy producing trees, so I don???t mind sharing.
Is this a dwarf apricot and how tall does it get?
Barbara B on Aug 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is a dwarf that grows 8-10' tall, but you can keep it even smaller by pruning it.
What's the flavor like? I only have room for one and want to choose something I'll love. My ideal apricot is mildly tangy and very sweet, but my selection is limited by the fact that I live at an altitude where late frosts are normal.
Katherine W on Nov 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The fruit has a deep, tangy flavor ??? perfect for fresh eating or canning.
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Bituin ningning on Nov 28, 2019
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Customer Reviews

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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
over 6 years 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
over 6 years 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
over 7 years ago
My Goldcots
Last spring I ordered 3 Goldcot Apricots (bare-root 2-3 ft.), They arrived in a timely fashion and remained undamaged in the box. I opened the box immediately and soaked the whole tree and roots on water for about 4 hours before planting. I planted all 3 trees using the exact same method all in the same soil type. Within 2 weeks they began to show signs of life, tiny little buds gave way to fresh green leaves then 1 died, a week later another died, only 1 remains today but it is flourishing and actually had 2 blooms this spring already even though its only 4 feet tall. 18 inches of growth last summer alone and 4 more inches already this year in May. The good thing is Goldcots are self-pollinating so i really only need 1. Although i remain disappointed at 33% success rate. It could have been my planting methods.
May 12, 2017
over 5 years ago
Nice healthy looking tree. Did really well last year. But died over the winter.
This tree arrived in good time for planting. I followed the directions and it did well last year. But died over the winter. We are listed as zone 5 but I think we are really colder than that, and last winter was especially cold and long. So, I don't blame the tree or Stark Bros. I am giving up on apricots here.
May 14, 2017
over 5 years ago
Tough and sturdy
This baby has what it takes for hot, sweaty summers and cold Zone 6 winters (exposed to strong North Wind). Barely troubled by insect pests and bloomed for the first time its second spring after a fall planting. I would consider getting another for my location.
May 23, 2016
over 6 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
over 6 years ago
So far, so good!
I wanted to wait to write this review until after winter passed. Success! I'm in zone 6A and even after the warm winter followed by a subzero spring, these have survived and are thriving. Still too young for fruit so I'll have to update this next year. (And hopefully add that last star to this review). When these shipped to me they were expertly packaged and larger than I'd expected. I'm very pleased so far.
May 13, 2016
over 5 years ago
I didn't know if the apricot trees would make it at 2400ft but last year I had enough apricots to make a batch of jam and then I dried the rest of them! I then ordered 2 more trees.
November 12, 2017
over 3 years ago
survived the hotest sommer in ages!
We planted the godcot apricot as soon as we received it earlier this year. Watering ensued as recommended. Only problem were pesky japanese beetles, but the little tree survived and is doing quite well now. Just weeded it yesterday, gave it a thorough watering. Look forward to harvesting some delicious apricots in the future.
August 20, 2016
over 5 years ago