Golden Sweet Apricot Tree

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One of The Finest Late Season Golden Sweet Apricot

  • Late Season
  • Sweet, Freestone Apricot
  • Self-Fertile
  • Dependable Crop Across Climates
  • Great as Ornamental Edible
  • Disease Resistant

The Golden Sweet Apricot Tree (Prunus x 'Golden Sweet'), as the name suggests, produces deliciously sweet and juicy fruit. It's fast becoming the top choice for home gardeners who want to grow these healthy fruits.

It's a marvelous producer, even in areas that have traditionally been a bit "iffy" for apricots in the past. Climate adaptability makes it possible to enjoy these wonderful superfoods across a wider growing area.

A late-season fruiting variety, the taste of the exceptionally sweet, firm fruit is outstanding. Golden Sweet is self-fertile but will you'll get a larger harvest when other apricot trees are near.

Golden Sweet will ripen later than the average variety. It is fast gaining a reputation as a superb selection to round out the season. It ramps up production just as other apricots are slowing down. Plant it along with an earlier ripening variety, like Tomcot, to extend your harvest time to almost two months.

This variety can be used for pies and tarts, jams and preserves or cut it up into a fruit salad. The Golden Sweet is perfect for drying, as the flesh is dense and sweet. Try apricot halves in the dehydrator and then freeze them and enjoy this perfect snack for months to come. Of course, nothing beats eating an apricot fresh off the tree.

Experiencing your very own harvest is both empowering and exhilarating. Order yours today!

Golden Sweet Apricots in the Landscape

Apricots are typically considered one of the most ornamental of all the fruit tree types with a wide, mushroom-shaped canopy. Apricots make a beautiful shade tree that is covered with pink-hued white blossoms in spring. The heart-shaped, glossy foliage has a romantic and very healthy appearance.

Use this tree as a focal point in your edible landscape. You'll love watching your bountiful harvest come in.

The large fruit features bright orangey-red skin and a soft blush. The fruit makes a gorgeous accent against the vibrant, green leaves.

Apricots are so much fun to have in the yard. They're not only pretty to look at but provide a harvest of fruits with vigorous, full-bodied flavor. The Golden Sweet Apricot will provide you with a sumptuous harvest of fruit that not only tastes delicious but is high in antioxidants. Golden Sweet apricots are an easy way to bring healthy, wholesome food direct from your garden to your family's table.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant the Golden Sweet Apricot in a full sun location that receives at least 8 hours of sunlight or more. The tree will really appreciate the morning sun.

Apricots also benefit from being in an area that gets good air movement, as well. The tree requires well-drained soil. If you have poor drainage, be sure to mound additional dirt at least 18 to 24 inches above the soil line, and plant into that raised mound.

Apricots are moderate water users and will benefit from being mulched well in the landscape. Provide a thick layer of at least 2 to 4 inches of mulch. Spread the mulch out 3 feet beyond the outside of the canopy of your tree. This helps to keep the roots cool in the hot summer and extend the time between watering by slowing surface evaporation.

Golden Sweet is self-fertile, but you'll get more fruit if you plant other apricot trees nearby. The early season Tomcot would be the perfect pollinating partner for the Golden Sweet, giving you apricots for 2 months straight!

You can prune a Golden Sweet to any height. If this will be used only as a fruiting tree, it is recommended to keep the tree below 10 feet, preferably 6 to 8 feet. Use summer pruning to keep the tree's size in check.

Apricots are so much fun to have in the yard. They're not only pretty to look at but provide a harvest of small to medium-sized fruits that are packed with a robust flavor. Golden Sweet is an excellent apricot tree that's easy to enjoy. Order today!


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Apricot Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Golden Sweet Apricot Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems that are already three to four years old, so you’ll enjoy fruit sooner than you would with younger trees! Expect your young apricot tree (Prunus x 'Golden Sweet') to begin fruiting usually by the 2nd-4th year after you plant them.

How Fast Do Golden Sweet Apricot Trees Grow?

Once your apricot tree has been established (after the first year), it can typically add 12-18 inches of new growth in a growing season. If your plants are adding less than that in a season, it may be worth your while to check the fertility level.

Where do Golden Sweet Apricot Trees Grow Best?

Apricot trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more. Provide good air circulation and moderate, yet consistent water. They do need very well-drained soil.

Do You Need 2 Apricot Trees to Produce Fruit?

Many apricot trees are self-fertile, however planting more than one apricot tree that blooms at about the same time, boosts yields on both trees and extends your harvest time! The Golden Sweet Apricot Tree is self-pollinating and doesn't need a pollinator to produce fruit.

Apricot trees that need a pollinator partner will have the appropriate tree(s) listed for you to choose from. Nature Hills Nursery lists pollinators for each tree on the product pages. This gives you must-have information right at your fingertips!

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Golden Sweet Apricot Tree be Planted?

Bareroot apricot trees can be planted in spring when they are available in your area. Container-grown apricot trees can be very successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

  • Plant bareroot apricot trees in the early spring.
  • Plant container-grown trees anytime the ground is not frozen by digging a hole as deep as the soil line and twice as wide.

How Do I Find Golden Sweet Apricot Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life more flavorful and your landscape work for you by shopping for Apricot trees at online fruit tree nursery. You’ll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely apricot tree varieties!

Choose the right tree for your area by first finding your USDA growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Golden Sweet Apricot Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus x 'Golden Sweet'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes