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Prunus armeniaca Goldcot


Delicious fruit picked straight from the tree

An ideal apricot for UK conditions. It bears a good crop of golden yellow fruit in early autumn. It is perfect if you are just having one apricot because it is self-fertile also it is fully hard and will withstand cold wet conditions and is very disease resistant.


A sunny protected position is best in moist but well drained soil. Keep well watered during summer months. To avoid damage from spring frost, plant against a south facing wall.


To get the best crops thin the fruit by about half soon after they are set and keep well watered during dry spells.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting August - September
Cropping August - September

Typically available

From February to September