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.

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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
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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It's self fertile and semi dwarf
Barbara on Apr 17, 2020
It looks beautiful, the colors are robust. I hope to have a lot of fruit from this beauty.
REBECCA D on Jan 10, 2020
It's self fertile and semi dwarf
Barbara on Apr 17, 2020
needed two more apricots
Esther U on Jan 10, 2020
It looks beautiful, the colors are robust. I hope to have a lot of fruit from this beauty.
REBECCA D on Jan 10, 2020
For the fruit size
Charles W Coles C on Jan 6, 2020
Larger fruit ??????and some reviews say it???s takes the cold weather in my zone pretty good
Patricia F H on Feb 16, 2019
I love apricots and I feel like this is a hearty tree it is self pollinating
and I liked the description of the fruit
Vicky B on Oct 4, 2018
I am hopeful that a Fall planting date will be better for my region as we have been having very hot Springs and Summers. I like the deep coloring of this apricot fruit.
WENDY P on Sep 28, 2018
Self pollinating, e-z start pot
Anne H on Jul 31, 2018
I love apricots. We had it when I was a child. Commercial apricots are picked up when they are not ripen and you can't get the real taste.
Nasir K on Mar 7, 2017
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
needed two more apricots
Esther U on Jan 10, 2020
For the fruit size
Charles W Coles C on Jan 6, 2020
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.
What type of rootstock is your standard size Robada apricot grafted onto?
David on Apr 23, 2020
Are these blenheim like in taste or turkish? I prefer blenheim taste.
Greta D on Apr 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine died
is this a dwarf?
gordon w on Jul 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Robada is naturally dwarf, reaching a maximum height of about 11'.
how many years to produce fruit?
phil l on Dec 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. It can take 2-5 years to bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Would it do good in zone 6B?
Louella M on Aug 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree is suitable for zones 5-8, which certainly includes 6b. It's a wonderful apricot.

Customer Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
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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
over 6 years ago
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 6 years 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
over 6 years ago
real nice tree, now almost seven feet tall and loaded with even brances. nesxt year may provide fruit.
August 5, 2016
over 5 years ago
Best apricot flavor
I live in central NC and from everything I’ve read apricots are risky here. That said I just ate the one apricot this healthy tree produced 18 months after planting! I picked it on May 19 and ripened it to perfection in a brown paper bag with an apple. Have to beat the squirrels and the birds somehow and think this might be the key. So much for ripening in July! Stark products are amazing and I really hope this beautiful little tree keeps producing.
May 26, 2019
Robada Apricot
Unfortunately, as of May 7th, this apricot has not produced any buds or blooms. From its current state (looks dormant) it may very well have failed to make it through our Zone 5 winter. My older apricot, not the same variety, has produced flowers and is on its way to bearing fruit--this year.
May 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
It tried so hard
Poor thing didn't make it in my zone 8a. It tried so very hard to make it through last Winter. I would push out new leaves, then we'd get another frost. It would push out more leaves, then it would frost again. By the time it warmed up for good, the Apricot graft had died. The root-stock made it though. Assuming that is a peach, I'm keeping it. In one growing season, it's already as tall as the whole tree was before the apricot died. Hope it pollinates well with my other peaches and produces tasty fruit.
November 20, 2018
over 5 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to learn that your apricot failed to live. If you need any assistance or would like to check the status of your warranty please contact customer support. One of our amazing agents will be ready to assist you. Your planting success is important to us!
November 26, 2018
Tabitha R
I bought this tree this year planted it as soon as I got it and it took off growing beautifully very healthy would recommend this tree!
July 20, 2018
over 3 years ago
So far so good!
Tree arrived in good condition last year - tall and straight - and survived the first winter in a protected location just fine. We had a few blossoms this year which was a surprise but I wouldn't expect any fruit this early. I am looking forward to fruit in another year or two!
May 3, 2017
over 5 years ago
Fast Grower- Hoping it fruits next year
Got them in great condition, Plant them right away. and it has taken roots. It has been two years Lets see How they like Chicago weather.
May 16, 2017
over 5 years ago