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Aprimira® inter-specific trees

Prunus x insititia
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

Aprimira is a new hybrid mirabelle - apricot. The fruits are sweet, and relatively large by the standards of mirabelles - more like small apricots in size. However in most other respects the mirabelle side of the partnership is the most prominent, and Aprimira is best considered as a larger pink / yellow-flushed mirabelle.

The blossom is plain white, and appears at about the same time as the leaves. 

The fruits ripen gradually throughout August, at about the same time as Victoria plums, and can be picked fresh from the tree over an extended period. They will also keep fresh in a fridge for about a week - longer than most dessert plums. They are particularly pretty - a mix of dusky red and orange hues.

The flavour is especially sweet and the stone falls away cleanly from the flesh, making Aprimira easy to use in the kitchen.

We think Aprimira is one of the best of the new inter-specific stone fruit varieties.

Aprimira inter-specific 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 12L pot-grown tree Wavit rootstock £45.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £45.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Wavit rootstock £27.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now for delivery from late August / early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

How to grow

Aprimira is self-fertile, and flowers early in the spring. Nevertheless, despite the apricot ancestry, Aprimira flowers in the mirabelle / plum blossom season, not the apricot season (which is earlier in the spring).

Aprimira is useful pollinator for other very early flowering plum species, including pluots, cherry plums and other mirabelles.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Mirabelles and apricots are closely related members of the Prunus family, and many of these varieties will naturally cross-pollinate each other to create new hybrids.

Aprimira was developed at the Geisenheim research station in Germany from a Mirabelle von Herrenhausen, and released in 1994.

Aprimira characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking monthAugust
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose

Problems

    Climate

      Identification

      • Country of originGermany
      • Period of origin1950 - 1999
      • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
      • Fruit colourYellow
      • Fruit sizeLarge

      Similar varieties

      • Aprikyra
        A sweet self-fertile apricot-cherry cross, also known as an Aprichery or Cherrycot
      • Aprisali
        A sweet self-fertile apricot - plum cross, also known as an Aprium.