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Top Rated for Canning Tilton Apricot

  • Late Mid-Season
  • One of the Most Flavorful Apricots
  • Pink Spring Flowers
  • Cold Hardy

One of the world's best varieties for canning, the Tilton Apricot (Prunus armeniaca 'Tilton') is also superb as a fresh eating variety, and dries just beautifully. This is a delicious variety that bears an excellent crop, year after year.

Tilton Apricot features heart-shaped fruit that has a light golden hue with just a hint of rosy blush. The fruit has a unique appearance among apricots with its slightly flatter shape and "suture" line that goes halfway around the fruit. It is also prized for being one of the most flavorful of the apricots available today, with a sweet/tart flavor to its tender and juicy nature.

Owning your own Tilton Apricot Tree makes it easy to enjoy this delicious fruit right from the tree, saving money by skipping the store.

If you're looking for a fresh-eating apricot, then look no further. This variety is delectably good right from the tree. It is also great in recipes, from fruit salads and compotes to baked goods and dessert breads. Don't overlook the Tilton Apricot for preserving, though; it freezes and cans beautifully, so you can keep part of your harvest for later on in the year.

It's a great choice for improving the beauty and value of your property. Plant it in full or partial shade and you'll enjoy not just sweet, luscious fruit, but also a beautiful show of springtime flowers. Tilton blooms late, making it a favorite among growers who don't want to risk late frosts.

The Tilton Apricot is a vigorous tree with a symmetrical shape and dense crown of green foliage, improving your home's curb appeal out front or becoming a source of tempting and nutritious snacks out back.

Tilton's spring bloom produces delicate pink flowers that are fragrant and a tempting lure to area pollinators, from butterflies to hummingbirds. It bears a heavy crop late-summer and is resistant to late frosts, so upkeep is minimal.

It's self-pollinating so you don't need a lot of space to enjoy this remarkable variety, and you can get your start with the Tilton by purchasing just one tree. Of course, you'll always get a larger crop with a partner, or second tree.

Whether you're an apricot-lover, or just want to try growing something new, the Tilton Apricot is for you. Easy to grow, colorful and with fruit of exceptional quality, the Tilton Apricot is an outstanding choice for your backyard orchard today.

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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
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Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
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Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
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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
Botanical Name Prunus armeniaca 'Tilton'
Mature Height 15 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Mid-Season