Sungold Apricot

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Crops of medium-sized apricots with a bright sweet taste. Fruit has a gold skin with a light blush and tender juicy flesh. Best enjoyed fresh or in tasty preserves. Tree is perfect for compact spaces with its upright growth habit. Developed in Minnesota, released in 1960. Cold-hardy. Freestone. Ripens in July.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Mild, Sweet Flavor
Texture Juicy
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.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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.

Questions & Answers

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If you've never eaten ripe apricots off of your own tree, you really need to get one of these! You'll be amazed at the sweetness you've missed!
Mom40s on Feb 4, 2019
If you've never eaten ripe apricots off of your own tree, you really need to get one of these! You'll be amazed at the sweetness you've missed!
Mom40s on Feb 4, 2019
Space consideration and reviews
Jackie G on Jan 24, 2019
Space consideration and reviews
Jackie G on Jan 24, 2019
I bought a dwarf goldcot apricot supreme last year, should I get another or get a sungold dwarf to get better fruit from both?
david b on Mar 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Always better to have variety for better pollination. Although they say some apricot varieties bloom later than others, all 5 of my different varieties bloomed at same time this year.
Sungold and Goldcot buy together for pollination or two Sungold? Tony
Anthony K on Oct 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Tony, The best pollinators for the Sungold is listed as Moorpark or Goldcot. Two Sungold's will not pollinate each other. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What are the chill requirements for this tree?
Earldw on Jan 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Earl. This is a high-chill variety that requires 1000-1200 hours.

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I planted two varities of zone four apricots last year. Neither survived a very ordinary zone four winter. In spite of recommendations for zone four, after three years trying apricots from three different sources without success I no longer trust zone four recommendations and will not be buying again.
May 8, 2016
over 6 years ago
Died in zone 4
We bought trees for zone 4. We placed them where they were protected from the wind but they didn't last the first winter.
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Sungold apricot
3 years old and is an attractive dwarf. a few blossoms this spring, but cold wet and rainy weather allowed no fruit to set
August 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
the tree is growing well
The tree of Sungold Apricot I bought from Stark Brothers two years ago is growing well in Delaware but no fruits yet since we had a harsh spring for pollinators to do the job even though we had some blossom.
August 22, 2016
over 5 years ago
You have got to have one of these.
These are like eating candy. True apricot flavor, jucy, and firm. Planted 3 in Zone 3, 5,000', and clay soil. All are doing well with -30 and more. The blossom will take some frost and still produce well, but not 25 deg. You will be so sorry if you dont purchase a bunch.
July 5, 2019
over 7 years ago
growing ok...plenty of leaves, but no fruit or blossoms yet.
May 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Planted in Apr 2019. Unlike my many other Stark plants, this plant never sprouted. Waiting for a replacement Spring 20 since they are out of them now.
August 4, 2019
over 2 years ago