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Our best all-purpose apricot. One of the heaviest-bearing varieties, this tree will yield impressive crops every year. Firm, luscious, golden-orange fruit has a rich, distinctive flavor that tastes great when fresh or after being canned, frozen or dried. Introduced by Stark Bro’s circa 1940. Freestone. Ripens in early July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Large
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 Very Sweet
Texture Firm, Fine
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

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

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Need it for pollination of existing fruit tree.
Tom T on May 4, 2018
Heard great things about the flavor, color, and texture of these apricots. Will give a better review once we have fruit.
James F on Apr 3, 2018
Need it for pollination of existing fruit tree.
Tom T on May 4, 2018
self-pollinating; dwarf
Judith W on Apr 29, 2018
Heard great things about the flavor, color, and texture of these apricots. Will give a better review once we have fruit.
James F on Apr 3, 2018
my other wilson is 25 years old. Want to plant now for the future
Tamara S on Oct 27, 2017
Have had great success with previous standard and semi-dwarf Wilson Delicious in eastern Washington, a very dry climate. Prolific producer, no maintenance or disease issues, extraordinary flavor profile, makes the world's best apricot jam!
Dennis H on Apr 24, 2017
I ate this type of apricot in Europe and I know how this fruit smell and taste especially immature!...also reminds me to my childhood...
Mijat M on Mar 5, 2017
This is my second Wilson Apricot. The first time I lived in Kingman Arizona. Gave me an abundance of firm juicy fruit just after 3 years in the ground. Great variety. Hope it does just as good again in Northern California.
Dave L on Mar 3, 2017
Early Maturing with firm texture, all purpose,sweet apricot.
Warren M on Feb 21, 2017
Reminds me of the apricots my mother in law grew near her front fence gate and I am sure it will be a favorite with my husband.
NANCY S on Feb 9, 2017
flavor, other commenters stated it fruited the second year, large crops expected
WENDY H on Feb 2, 2017
For drying for winter food
CHRIS D on Jan 12, 2017
My husband wanted an apricot tree. I chose the variety because it is a dwarf self-pollinator.
Julia P on Oct 7, 2016
from others comments this seemed like a good one for me.
Bradlee A on Aug 31, 2016
It is a good option for canning, freezing, and drying
Virginia B on Mar 20, 2016
have had good luck with dwarf apples. this is self-pollinating and takes up little room in my small growing area
ANTHONY A on Mar 18, 2016
It is truly the best. I am replacing a tree I had.
MARK S on Mar 15, 2016
I love apricots and would like to dry the fruit in my dehydrator. I chose the Wilson Delicious because the description stated they were a good variety to dry, can, preserve.
Winona B on Mar 1, 2016
Wishful thinking that this one will miss frosts in my garden.
GLENDA D on Feb 27, 2016
A friend of ours recommended it. He said you have the best trees you can get anywhere.
LINDA F on Feb 23, 2016
self-pollinating; dwarf
Judith W on Apr 29, 2018
my other wilson is 25 years old. Want to plant now for the future
Tamara S on Oct 27, 2017
should I plant it in a pot first?
Randy B on Jun 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted right into the ground when I got it last spring.
Now it is in it's second summer and has about 20 apricots
on it and the trunk is less than 1 inch in diameter and height
is about 3 feet. I've planted 9 different fruit trees and 6 grape
vines without planting in a pot first and all are doing real well.
My white peach and Asian pear trees are in 3rd summer and
also have fruit for the first tie this year.
Which of the dwarf options is the strongest and so most likely to survive through a coastal New England winter and not a whole lot of care through the summer?
Kate D on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Goldcot would be perfect for you. This item is currently out of stock, but we hope to make it available again soon. Supplies will be limited when it does return, so make sure you don't miss out by requesting an availability email above. We'll automatically notify you when it's back in stock.
I have clay soil, will it do ok in that?
Nicol C on May 5, 2018

It will but you might want to add some compost to help break the soil up a bit. Dig the hole bigger as the hole will actually be like a big planter, that way it will have plenty of room to grow in and spread it's roots. We have lots of red clay in my area. I think gypsum can be added to help break up the clay too. I'd google that to be sure.
I live in an adult community. We are not allowed to grow fruit trees. I have limited space. I plan to grow a dwarf peach or apricot in pot so I can roll it indoor. Which of the two is preferable?
Moonie on Mar 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //

The dwarf size gets 8-10' at maturity, but you can prune it to keep it smaller, and growing it in a container will also keep it smaller.
If I plant the dwarf apricot in a pot will it stay shorter? Or can I prune it to stay 5-6 ft?
Karen G on Mar 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The answer is both. By keeping it in a container, you are literally containing the root system, which necessarily keeps the tree smaller. You can also prune it to keep it smaller. For container growing, it's always easiest/best to have a dwarf tree.
Is this a sweet apricot (edible pits) or a bitter apricot with inedible pits?
MontanaSage on Apr 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Wilson Delicious pits are not edible.

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic Apricot
Ordered this tree and planted it last year (spring of 2016). Followed the directions in the planting guide. I didnt amend the soil or fertilize. I watered it when I remembered; Im basically a lazy gardener. The apricot tree is thriving despite that. Its already about 7' tall, its taller than me. I think it was a 4'? mostly branchless little stubby branch when I got it. Its already trying to make apricots. Im going to prune most of them this year. Im in zone 8, heavy clay soil. I wish everything did as well with as little.
March 25, 2017
Not a survivor
Did great it's first summer, but did not survive our rather mild winter here in New England
May 11, 2016
over 3 years ago
Awesome Wilson Apricots
I just planted my orchard in April 2015. I am thrilled with all the baby apricots.
It amazing! My tree is a dwarf and to avoid branches getting overloaded and breaking, I removed about a third of them.
Since this is my first season, I can't comment on taste.
The tree is strong, healthy, and loaded with fruit!
I am excited for the day they will be ripe!
May 13, 2016
over 3 years ago
Apricot tree
I have bought many items from you and have generally been very happy. However, the apricot tree that I bought 2 years ago is already dried up and dead .
June 23, 2017
over 2 years ago
Nice Tree
This tree is doing pretty well, but I was a little disappointed that it did not flower this year, seeing that it was two years old, but maybe that is normal for apricots. This is my first time growing one That being said, the growth is good and the tree seems very healthy. Looking forward to a crop of apricots!
August 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
Sorry, but the tree never made it to produce any fruit.

Linda Butler
May 5, 2016
over 4 years ago
Wilson Delicious Apricot
It did not make 1 year never leafed out. still love their stock
May 7, 2017
over 2 years ago
Healthy new tree
Although only a year old, this tree is very healthy and growing up great. Can't wait for fruit to set. Maybe next year?
May 17, 2016
over 3 years ago
Wilson delicious apricot
I have planted a lot of fruit trees, but sometimes heartiness and flavor are opposing concepts. Problem is, you don't really know how some fruit will taste unless you have tried that exact variety, or wait several years for your trees to bear fruit. Anjou pears are a perfect example--hard as rocks. I planted two varieties of apricots and I hooe for the best. They are still alive after a year in the ground, that's a good sign. Stark is good about resending the ones that fail.
May 20, 2016
over 3 years ago
Apricots did well through the winter. Despite only having a few flowers there are two apricots growing. Not bad for only the second season. Self-pollination is a plus.
May 9, 2017
over 2 years ago