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Compacta® apricot trees

Prunus armeniaca
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Picking month: July
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile

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.

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

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £43.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


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 characteristics


  • Picking monthJuly
  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary
  • Cling-stoneFreestone


  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourNatural dwarf
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningDo not prune



    • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
    • Cold-hardinessCold-hardy
    • Frost resistance of blossomSome resistance


    • Country of originUnited States
    • Period of origin2000
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
    • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
    • Fruit colourOrange
    • Fruit sizeAverage