Tilton Apricot Tree

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The Flavor Machine: Tilton Apricot Tree

  • One Of The Most Flavorful Apricots In The World
  • Frost Resistant
  • Offers Medium Sized to Large Sized Fruit
  • Requires 600-700 chill hours (Under 45 degrees)
  • Famous For Canning
  • Heart Shaped Apricots With Rosy Red Blush
  • Crown Of Green Foliage
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Starts Ripening During June to Early July
  • Productive and Vigorous Tree

The Tilton Apricot Tree (Prunus armeniaca 'Tilton') has some bragging rights, as it is one of the best apricot trees to exist! With its flavorful fruit, beautiful foliage, and adaptability, it is sure to win your heart over.

Other than the delectable apricots, the Tilton Apricot Tree offers an amazing trait--it's frost resistant. This is a fit tree for climates prone to late spring frosts. Not only is it resistant to late frosts, but it is very adaptable to different soil types.

The Tilton Apricot Tree blooms in spring with delicate pink, fragrant flowers that are a tempting lure to pollinators. You could expect a visit from butterflies to hummingbirds.

They grow up to 25 feet high and can spread from 12 - 20 feet. An apricot tree this size is sure to provide plentiful harvests.

The Tilton Apricots are uniquely heart-shaped with a "suture" line that trails halfway around the fruit. The color is gorgeous, being light golden with hints of rosy blush. The color is guaranteed to stand out against the luscious, emerald foliage.

Owning your own Tilton Apricot Tree is a win-win! Apricots aren't the best when it comes to shipping, so having the ability to pick from your very own yard is special. Save your money by skipping a trip to the produce store! Who doesn't prefer fresh and homegrown fruit, anyway?

The Tilton Apricot can be used in a copious amount of ways. From eating fresh fruit salads to canning, the possibilities are endless. They also make great jams and jellies for your favorite desserts!

The best part is the Tilton Apricot is great for freezing, drying, and canning. It can be enjoyed all year round!

This is sure to be the best tree you'll own. Order the Tilton Apricot Tree today!

How to Use The Tilton Apricot Tree In The Landscape

The Tilton Apricot Tree is a phenomenal choice for improving the beauty and value of your property.

Plant your tree in full sun so it can lounge in the sunlight! The dense foliage can create the perfect shade for afternoon relaxing outside. Even while relaxing you can snack on nutritious fruit able to be eaten fresh!

Use them for a dividing line in your property, as it is much prettier than a fence! The symmetrical shape of the crown foliage is sure to catch attention, improving your home's curb appeal.

Add the Tilton Apricot Tree to your orchard, as it will boost other fruit trees' harvests. Having another self-fruitful tree is a great way to produce plentiful harvests each year.

#ProPlantTips For Care

The Tilton Apricot Tree is a self-pollinating tree, so it doesn't require pollination. However, it would perform much better with a partner (another fruit tree) to enlarge the harvests!

Your apricot tree will need to be in a full sun location to grow its quality fruit and features. It will require at least 600 hours of chilling to beautifully bloom the next spring.

As for watering, your Tilton Apricot Tree should be watered weekly. If it is extremely hot and dry outside, use the finger test to see if your tree is thirsty. Stick your finger into the dirt near the base of the tree. If it is dry, give your tree a refreshing drink!

Regular pruning is recommended to keep your tree healthy and strong. Read our blog here about pruning your fruit tree.

To protect your tree's roots and to keep moisture leveled, add a layer of mulch around the base of your tree.

Whether you're an apricot-lover, or just want to try something new, the Tilton Apricot is for you!

Apricot Tree Frequently Asked Questions

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

How Fast Do Tilton 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 Tilton 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 Tilton 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 Tilton 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 Tilton Apricot Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life more flavorful and your landscape work for you by shopping for Apricot trees at NatureHills.com 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?

NatureHills.com 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 Tilton Apricot Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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.

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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.

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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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Highly Desirable, Reliable Producer for Colder Climates

In the late 1800's, the apricot industry was growing in California, primarily as sold as a dried fruit crop. Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Alameda and Napa Counties all had apricot varieties that were regional favorites.

Late frost or inclement weather was the apricots biggest enemy. Almost all apricot growing regions were subject to frost or inclement weather during bloom. Only the southern-most orchards of Los Angeles County were not susceptible.

In 1885, J.E Tilton of Hanford, California selected a seedling at his ranch in California's Central Valley that showed promise as a universally adapted apricot variety. It had large size, ripened uniformly and had great flavor. Most appealing though, was the seedlings resistance to late frost and inclement weather.

Tilton sent his seedlings to all the noted apricot growers and horticulturists in California. By 1900, he had collected testimonials on the reliability of his seedling called the Tilton Apricot. Dr. E. J. Wickson, noted fruit expert and head of the College of Agriculture at UC Davis stated, "I found the fruit very desirable, very symmetrical and regular in size, good color and flavor and calculated to be very satisfactory both for drying and canning, as it ripens early and is very handsome. Its regular bearing where other varieties often fail is a point of great value to planters."

The Tilton was not well adapted to the lower chill climates of USDA zone 10 and 11 but was prized in Zones 6 through 8 and in late frost prone parts of Zone 9. The Tilton Apricot is famous for its reliability. Today it remains a popular reliable producer in the colder climates throughout the country.


Tilton Apricot Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus armeniaca 'Tilton'
Mature Height 15 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Mid-Season