Chinese Apricot Tree

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Productive, Frost-Resistant Chinese Apricot Tree

  • Frost Resistant
  • Cold Hardy Tree
  • Fragrant Flowers In The Spring
  • Adaptable To Different Soils
  • Provides The Tastiest Fruit
  • 700 Chill Hours Requirement
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Lucious, Dark Green Leaves
  • Great Fit For Climates Prone To Late Spring Frosts
  • Freestone Fruit

The greatest of all apricot trees has arrived, and that's the Chinese Apricot Tree. Its flowers are too pretty and its aroma is too pleasant not to be recognized as anything but!

The Chinese Apricot Tree (Prunus armeniaca 'Chinese') is a cold hardy, beautiful tree that produces delectable fruit.

Being one of the prettiest edible fruiting trees, the Chinese Apricot Tree is sure to be a lovely addition to your yard. The branches reach upward, creating a gorgeous image all year round, not just early spring and summer!

During the spring, pink-hued, white flowers will appear to be sprinkled across the branches. The colors simply welcome people to the warmth of summer!

Followed by the flowers is the tasty fruit itself. The ripe yellow-orange fruits are sure to pop against the lush and green foliage.

The sweet mild flavor is sure to swoon every eater of the Chinese Apricot! They can be enjoyed in so many ways, too. This includes eating them fresh, canned, dried, or jammed for desserts. They're also freestone, making the fruit super easy to work with!

The tree itself is considered a semi-dwarf, so it stays a nice, manageable size. It's a great size for any landscape, yard, or orchard. Order your Chinese Apricot Tree Today!

How to Use The Chinese Apricot Tree In The Landscape

The best growing zones for the Chinese Apricot Tree are zones 5-9. They perform especially well in difficult climates that are prone to late spring frosts.

The Chinese Apricot Tree has a wonderful canopy shape, making it the perfect accent for your backyard. The flowers will be a joy to look at through the window during early spring.

This tree is also the ideal fit for your very own orchard. They need 8 - 10 feet of space from any building, other tree, wire, or pipes for optimal growing.

Use the Chinese Apricot Tree as a lining for your yard, or a privacy screen to cover unsightly views.

They're also perfect for providing that afternoon shade you need to read a good book, and potentially snacking on one of your fresh Chinese Apricots!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Caring for your tree is important, but very simple! The first step is planting, and our blog post here can tell you all about planting your fruit tree.

The Chinese Apricot Tree needs 700 hours of chilling in the winter for beautiful spring blooms.

As for soil, it is very adaptable to different soil types. The best soil for the Chinese Apricot Tree, though, is deep, fertile, moist, well-drained soils.

The Chinese Apricot Tree is Self Fertile, so they don't need a pollinator. However, they perform much better if they have pollinating partners nearby! This can help create plenty of bigger, heavy crops to fill your tree.

Place your tree in a full-sun location, since it loves to bask in the sunlight.

When it comes to watering your Chinese Apricot Trees, they are quite similar to other apricot trees. They don't necessarily need a particular watering schedule, but it is recommended during its first few growing seasons. This ensures the healthy growth and maturity of the tree!

To test if your Chinese Apricot Tree needs watered, use the finger test. Stick your pointer into the dirt near the base of your tree. If it feels dry, give your tree a drink. If it's still slightly damp, go ahead and skip for the day.

Pruning your tree should be regular so it can stay healthy and strong, all while providing delectable harvests. If you are unsure about pruning your tree, read our blog post here about pruning your fruit trees.

When pruning, cut off all dead, damaged, or crossing branches. This will ensure the beauty and quality of your Chinese Apricot Tree.

We recommend that you add a layer of mulch around the base of your tree. Start it an inch away from the trunk. Including this mulch will help conserve the water and protect your tree's roots.

This stellar, tasty tree is sure to be the prettiest on the block. Order your Chinese Apricot Tree today!

Apricot Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Chinese 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 armeniaca 'Chinese') to begin fruiting usually by the 2nd-4th year after you plant them.

How Fast Do Chinese 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 Chinese 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 Chinese 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 Chinese 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 Chinese 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.

Place your order, knowing it’s backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren’t sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest for those plants that ship in fall, winter, or early spring.

What shipping options do you offer? works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Chinese Apricot Tree for sale here at!

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Chinese Apricot Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus armeniaca 'Chinese'
Type Deciduous
Size Semi Dwarf
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes