SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA and Nipomo, CA
Needs good drainage. Regular pruning needed for quality fruit. Favorable plant climate zone varies depending on variety; Check with local nurseries. Variety Moorpark has large fruit with good flavor.
Native to Armenia.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 15 - 30 feet.
Width: 10 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Round to Ovate, Light Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Pink or White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Orange Drupe, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer Edible.
Bark Bronze or Light Green, Furrowed or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 3 and 6 - 23.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Medium in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Scales and Thrip, Brown Rot, Canker, Crown Rot, Gummosis, Armillaria, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, Rust, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Attracts Bees, Squirrels, and Birds.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus armeniaca Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 22, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-armeniaca >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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