Compacta® Apricot trees

  • Pick: Mid-season (late July)
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 

Compacta is a naturally-dwarf apricot, probably the best choice if you want to grow an apricot in a small space.

This is the apricot variety featured on BBC Gardeners' World in October 2017. However we do not recommend growing this tree in a container, even though this was suggested in the programme.

The fruits are orange, and the stone comes away cleanly from the flesh (freestone).

It is slow-growing and should not get taller than about 2m - ignore the mature height given below.

The blossom is also reasonably frost-resistant.

Compacta® is a protected variety.

Compacta apricot trees for sale

Deliveries start in September 2020

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - St.Julien rootstock £36.45

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.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Compacta


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Height after 10 years: Up to 1.25m / 4ft


  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking


  • Frost resistance: Some resistance?
  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters

Pollination guide for Compacta

Compacta 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.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Compacta apricot trees

Like all apricots, Compacta should be planted in full sun, and sheltered from wind and rain. The ideal is to plant the tree directly in the ground about 1m-2m or so in front of a south-facing wall, but any sheltered situation exposed to the south should be suitable.

It also helps if you can keep the rain off the tree over the autumn and winter, e.g. using a horticultural fleece.

We strongly recommend that you plant this tree directly in the ground, and when planting the tree do not use compost in the planting hole.

Compacta is not really suitable for growing in a container. If you wish to grow it in a container make sure you use a very large one, at least 200L-500L, and the compost / soil mix should have plenty of grit to ensure free drainage.

Historical details

Apricots usually become quite large vigorous trees, but as the name suggests, Compacta was developed from the start to be a small tree, suitable for growing in small gardens. It is a cross between an American variety called Moongold and an un-named research variety developed by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

Compacta® is a protected variety.

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.

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