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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!

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

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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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 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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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 Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Mid-Season