'MOONGOLD' APRICOT - PRUNUS 'MOONGOLD'

Common Name: 'Moongold' apricot

Scientific Name: 
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Species: 'Moongold'

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 10 to 15 ft
Width: 10 to 15 ft
 

Common characteristics:

The 'Moongold' apricot has a rounded form and can grow to reach heights of 15' to 30' tall and 10' to 20' wide. It has green foliage throughout the season that will turn yellow in the fall. Its fragrant flowers bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge. Flowers bloom white and then becoming small peach-like fruits that ripen in late-July. The fruits are showy goldish-pink drupe with sweet, juicy flesh and a hard pit that is inedible, which are carried in abundance in late summer. 

Where it grows:

This tree can be planted in a variety of conditions, including inner-city locations. 'Moongold' apricot is tolerant of urban pollution and a pH level or soil type. It needs full sun and prefers evenly moist soil.  

How it’s used:

The 'Moongold' apricot can be used as an ornamental, fruit harvest, and food forest tree.

Ecosystem services:

The fruit will be sought after by birds and small mammals.  

Problems:

The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways and may require occasional clean-up. 

References:

Conservation Garden Park. (Plants) Found online: https://conservationgardenpark.org/plants/852/moongold-apricot. 

Gertens. (Plant Finder) Found Online: https://plants.gertens.com/12070009/Plant/1173/Moongold_Apricot/. 

Moongold apricot fruit