Apricots are much like peaches. They're not dependable when it comes to fruit production. In fact, they're even less dependable than peaches. Not because they aren't hardy, but because they often flower early, which makes them subject to frost. To delay spring flowering, apply a thick mulch of wood chips or similar material after the ground freezes in the fall.
Even if apricots don't produce fruit, they're useful in landscapes for aesthetic purposes. The glossy foliage is unequaled in plants of similar size and shape, and in the fall they add color to the landscape. They also have interesting bark.
Self-pollinating apricot varieties include Tilton, Wenatchee Royal and Moorpark. Varieties that require another tree for pollination include Riland, Perfection, and Rival.
Goldcot and Moorpark bloom later in the season and are worth trying in the Rocky Mountain region.
For more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheet(s).
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Updated Monday, February 10, 2014