Aprikyra is an example of an aprichery or cherrycot - a cross between an apricot and a type of cherry known as a sand cherry. The fruit looks like a small apricot, but with the dark black/red skin of a cherry. The flavour is also a bit of a melange of the two species, arguably more apricot than cherry.
In good conditions it should start fruiting within 2 years of planting. The fruits ripen over a long period, starting at the end of July.
Aprikyra can be eaten fresh from the tree, but like all apricots is useful in the kitchen too - and the stone comes away cleanly from the dark red flesh.
Aprikyra® is a protected variety.
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Aprikyra is in flowering group 4. Aprikyra 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
Aprikyra flowers very early in the spring, reflecting its apricot ancestry. It is also reliably self-fertile and the blossom has some frost-resistance. It will cross-pollinate with most late-flowring apricots.
Aprikyra has some resistance to brown rot (Monilinia fructicola) a common fungal disease of stone fruits which affects the blossom and then the developing fruits.
From a gardening point of view Aprikira is probably best treated as an apricot. That means plant it in a warm sheltered spot, in full sun, and keep pruning to an absolute minimum.
Hybridisation between stone fruits such as plums, cherries, and apricots is widespread and natural. Apricots are a particular focus in the development of new inter-specific fruit varieties because they naturally produce larger fruits than cherries or plums, and will easily cross-pollinate with them. In this case the other partner is a sand cherry (Prunus pumila) which is native to the western areas of the USA and Canada.
Aprikyra is also known as Aprikira.
All our trees are grown in the UK.