Pollinator Required ? Yes
Type : semi dwarf
Characteristics : sweet
Mature Height : 12-14 feet
Support Required : No
Bloom Period : Early April
Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Will Produce Fruit In: 3-5 years
Harvest Period : Early July
Soil Type : all types
Zones : 4 - 8
Tilton Apricot tree - Prunus armeniaca "Tilton" :
The Tilton apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca 'Tilton' is the leading variety for freezing, drying, and canning. Tilton apricots are a unique looking apricot and are one of the most flavorful of all apricots. Their appearance is noted by having a slightly flatter shape with a "suture" line that goes halfway around the fruit. This longtime favorite is tender and juicy with a sweet-tart flavor. It has medium sized fruit that is heart shaped.
It has a light orange skin. The flesh is firm and flavorful and it has a golden color with a red blush. A vigorous tree which bears heavy crops and is resistant to late frosts. One of the earliest ripening fruits. Blooms very early and ripens late June to early July.
Tilton Apricot tree cold hardiness:
Zone 4 -20 Degrees °F to -30 Degrees °F
Zone 8 +20 Degrees °F to +10 Degrees °F
Fruit Tree Hardiness Zones Map
The Apricot was first cultivated in China in about 3000 BC. In Armenia it was known from ancient times, having been brought along the Silk Road it has been cultivated there so long it is often though to be native there. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great and the Roman General Lucullus also exported some trees, cherry, white heart cherry and apricot from Armenia to Europe.
Subsequent sources were often much confused over the origin of the species. Loudon (1838) believed it had a wide native range including Armenia, Caucasus, the Himalaya, China and Japan. Nearly all sources presume that because it is named armeniaca, the tree must be native to or have originated in Armenia as the Romans knew it.