Pollinator Required ? No
Type : semi dwarf
Characteristics : Sweet
Mature Height : 12-14 feet
Support Required : No
Bloom Period : N/A
Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Will Produce Fruit In: 3-5 years
Harvest Period : Mid June
Soil Type : all types
Zones : 5 - 9
Tomcot Apricot tree - Prunus armeniaca "Tomcot" :
The Tomcot Apricot, Prunus armeniaca 'Tomcot' is a very consistent and productive apricot variety. The large, orange fruit is firm and the flesh is sweet.The Tomcat Apricot will be ready for harvest, 2-3 weeks before Wenatchee and 4 days before Goldstrike and Goldbar. This fruit tree is partly self-fruitful but they will produce larger crops if cross-pollinated by another apricot.
The fruit ripens in early July, 2.5 weeks before Wenatchee and 4 days before Goldstrike and Goldbar. The skin is a light-orange color and slightly glossy. A trace of blush develops on the side that is exposed to the sun. The pit is medium-large and free from the flesh.
Tomcot Apricot tree cold hardiness:
Zone 5 -10 Degrees °F to -20 Degrees °F
Zone 9 +30 Degrees °F to +20 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 (106-57 B.C.E.) 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.