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Helena du Roussillon® apricot trees

Prunus armeniaca
Helena du Roussillon
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
A traditional French apricot variety, grown in the Languedoc-Roussillon area.

Helena du Roussillon apricot trees for sale


  • BR11-year bare-root tree Weiwa rootstock £43.75
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

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.

Helena du Roussillon is a late-ripening French apricot, with a firm juicy flesh when fully ripe. The skin is a light orange flecked with red.

This is a good variety for eating fresh, having less acid content and more sugar than most apricots.

How to grow

Helena du Roussillon usually flowers in late March in the UK, which is slightly later than average. Like most apricots the blossom is pretty but short-lived - around 6 days. It is reliably self-fertile and generally disease-resistant.

For best results in the UK this variety must be grown in a sheltered spot in full sun, and generally does better in drier areas - you should aim to try to recreate a bit of the Mediterranean in your garden. Like all apricots the tree is cold-hardy, but for successful fruit production it needs good weather in early spring, and cold weather in late autumn.

As with many apricot varieties, if spring weather is good, the tree will frequently set too many fruitlets. Although this is a vigorous variety, it is important to thin the crop immediately after flowering has finished. Like most apricots this variety is drought-tolerant once established - but make sure you keep it well watered for the first few years.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Helena du Roussillon characteristics


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Climate suitabilityWarm climates


  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDrying


  • Disease resistanceGood


  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow