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Bergeron apricot trees

Prunus armeniaca

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".

Bergeron apricot trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 7L pot-grown tree Wavit rootstock £40.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year 7L pot-grown tree Torinel rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £43.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Wavit rootstock £25.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree Torinel rootstock £24.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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.

Bergeron characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • VigourSlightly large
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomSusceptible

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange