Bergeron is the classic French apricot variety, and a common sight in French markets in early summer (although in England it will not ripen until August). However as with most commercial apricots it is invariably picked under-ripe, and the flavour is generally a poor comparison to what is possible with home-grown fruit.
Bergeron is one of the larger-fruited apricots, and often has an attractive orange-flushed skin.
Bergeron apricots can be eaten fresh, but apricots are also a versatile culinary fruit, and Bergeron is the perfect choice for a French-style "tarte aux abricots".
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Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.
*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.
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Bergeron is in flowering group 3. Bergeron is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apricot trees.
Important: advice about pollination
Bergeron flowers early and the blossom can be susceptible to frost, so choose a sunny sheltered site. It is best to avoid west, east or north-facing positions.
It is also somewhat susceptible to plum pox virus (also known as Sharka virus). It is important to keep pruning to an absolute minimum, and only prune in late spring.
Like most apricots, Bergeron is surprisingly cold-hardy and with protection can tolerate very cold winter temperatures. However it is important to keep the rain off it over the autumn and winter if you can.
Bergeron was found as a chance-seedling growing in the Rhone valley in the 1920s. Today it accounts for about 25% of French apricot production.
All our trees are grown in the UK.