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Versatile Apricot with Exceptional Flavor

Tilton Apricot is deciduous tree that bears excellent, late season fruit.  Plant one in a sunny to partial shade location in your yard where you can enjoy its spring flowers and late harvest of sumptuous fruit.

Your Tilton Apricot has one of the earliest ripening fruits.  Its elegant, heart-shaped fruit has a delightfully light, golden hue that’s kissed with a rosy blush. 

Tilton 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.  

Tilton blooms very early and ripens late June to July, and is a leading variety for freezing and canning.  It’s even amenable to drying so you can prepare these for enjoyment well after harvest. 

Tilton Apricot will grow to 25 feet in height.  It is a vigorous tree with a symmetrical shape and dense crown of green foliage.

Tilton’s spring bloom produces delicate pink flowers that are fragrant and a tempting lure to area pollinators.  It bears a heavy crop late-summer and is resistant to late frosts.  It’s self-pollinating so you don’t need a lot of space to enjoy this remarkable variety. 

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 yard today.

* One of the most flavorful apricots
* Pink spring flowers
* Cold hardy

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 Nursery
Botanical Name Prunus armeniaca 'Tilton'
Mature Height Standard: 15 - 25 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years