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Goldcot apricot trees

Prunus armeniaca
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
One of the most reliable apricots for the UK climate, with good winter hardiness.

Goldcot apricot trees for sale

Bare-root

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    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Goldcot is a modern cold-hardy apricot, which is better suited to the UK climate than most. It is reliable (by apricot standards) and crops heavily, and will tolerate the lacklustre spring and summer weather often found in the UK. If you are desperate to grow apricots in the garden and live away from the south or south-east, this is probably your best choice.

The flavour for eating fresh is only average, but it is excellent for cookery.

Goldcot is a mid-season variety, and ripens in late July in the UK.

How to grow

Apricots usually require consistent warm spring and summer weather, but Goldcot is unusual in tolerating more variable weather, making it a good choice for cool temperate climates such as the UK.

Goldcot is also one of the most cold-hardy apricots. It flowers very early in the spring, and is one of the earlier-flowering of the apricots - coming just after Flavorcot.

Goldcot is reliably self-fertile and can be planted on its own - it seems able to set heavy crops even without another apricot tree nearby. 

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Goldcot was developed at Michigan State University, USA, specifically with cold-hardiness in mind. It was released in 1967.

Goldcot characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourOrange