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An Early Ripe Fruit, The Katy Apricot Tree

  • Flavorful Freestone
  • Winter Hardy
  • Self-Fruitful (No Pollination Needed)
  • Fast Growing Tree
  • Fruit Early in the Season
  • Adaptable to Different Soils and Moisture
  • Large and Firm Fruit
  • Blooms White Flowers with Vibrant Green Foliage
  • Delectable Fruit Fresh, Canned, Dried, or Jammed
  • Low Chill Hours (200-300)

The Katy Apricot Tree (Prunus armeniaca 'Katy') is a fruit-bearing tree that produces the most remarkable fruit--the Katy Apricot! Plant this tree in your backyard where you can enjoy the beautiful sights of your own apricot orchard all year long.

There is a lot to love about the Katy Apricot Tree, but its best feature is the early ripening of the apricots! You'll be the first person on the block picking your Katy Apricots in the month of May!

The golden yellow fruit with orange overtones is a hit during summer months. The large, firm Katy Apricot is perfect for a wide variety of dining. Enjoy the delectable fruit fresh, canned, dried, or jammed for dessert jams and jellies!

It has a mildly sweet flavor when fully ripe--and it is great right off the branch!

The Katy Apricot is very productive, so you're sure to enjoy a lavish, full harvest each year! Another bonus is they contain plenty of sugar, so you can dry them and save them for the future to be eaten!

Not only is the fruit fantastic and versatile, the tree itself is quite gorgeous. It has vibrant green foliage with beautiful white flowers, guaranteed to be a show-stopper!

The Katy Apricot Tree is a great size being able to grow up to 18 feet in height and spread anywhere from 15 - 18 feet.

This tree is also very adaptable to different soil types and moisture levels! The Katy Apricot Tree will grow fast in any condition as long your zip code falls into growing zones 7-10.

Don't be shy, and order the wonderful Katy Apricot Tree today!

How to Use The Katy Apricot Tree In The Landscape

Fruit trees are a great addition to any yard, orchard, or landscape! The colorful fruit will add life to any area.

To grow to its fullest, the tree needs space. Space your tree 6 - 10 feet apart from any other tree, pipes, wires, and buildings. Measure from the center of the tree.

Add the Katy Apricot Tree to your orchard! Since they are self-fruitful, they can fruit on their own and can even do better when other self-fruitful trees are around, so pick as many fruit trees as you'd like!

Having a line of these trees on the edge of your landscape is a great, pretty way to divide your property.

#ProPlantTips For Care

The Katy Apricot Tree is a self-fertile tree, so pollination isn't exactly needed. However, they do much better if they are provided with a cross pollinator.

Place your Katy Apricot Tree in a full-sun location, as they love the sunshine. Another great benefit is that this tree requires low chill hours--200 to 300.

As for watering, a smart way to see if your tree is thirsty is to use the finger test. Stick your pointer finger up to the second knuckle in the dirt near the base. If it's dry, give your tree a drink. If it's still slightly damp, go ahead and skip for the day.

The Katy Apricot Tree doesn't require a set watering schedule, but it is recommended for its first growing season.

Pruning is always recommended, as it keeps the tree happy and healthy. This tree is kind to pruning, so you can easily prune to keep the size manageable. Essentially, pruning prevents disease and makes harvesting much easier.

Be sure and cut any dead, harmed, or crossing branches to ensure your tree's health. For the best results, prune your tree into a V shape! If you are unsure about pruning, read our blog post here.

By adding a layer of mulch around the base of your tree starting about an inch from the trunk, the moisture levels will even out while saving water and protecting your tree's roots.

We know that planting a fruit tree can be confusing! Go ahead and read our blog post here about planting fruit trees.

Add this gorgeous, fruit-filled beauty to your landscape! Order the Katy Apricot Tree today!

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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Katy Apricot Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus armeniaca 'Katy'
Mature Height 15 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes