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PlantFiles: Manchurian Apricot
Prunus armeniaca var. mandshurica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: armeniaca var. mandshurica

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On May 10, 2013, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This tree was once widely planted as a wind break and in the Northern Great Planes where many other trees may struggle. It is a "wild" subspecies rather than an carefully bred orchard tree. So, it is better as a small shade tree or specimen than a fruit barer. Obviously, it does bare fruit or it wouldn't exist. However it can hardly be called "fruitful." It will require another Prunus (with an overlapping bloom period.) If you have a Manchurian, I would suggest planting a cultivar of Apricot that grows well in your area. That way, at least one of your trees will likely fruit, (the other one). Manchurian apricots can grow in light shade but will not set fruit. It requires full sun and lots of bee activity for pollination. According to Lori Lapierre, on,
"Prune the Manchurian in the late autumn or early spring, cutting back half of the new growth and discarding any damaged or dead branches. Keep new growth at 2 feet or less per year and make sure sunlight is hitting all branches. A properly pruned tree promotes fruit development in the spring. Refrain from using any pesticide in the growing season on or around the tree. Honey bees are necessary for cross-pollination, in addition to other trees; insecticide may destroy your pollinators. Left alone, it is an easy to maintain decorative tree. But to make sure the tree produces fruit, some planning and work are required, and it may be 1 to 2 years before your efforts pay off."

Negative steensraven On Mar 9, 2011, steensraven from Fields, OR wrote:

I planted this tree 2 years ago. It has grown in height and added a few small branches, but every spring there are dead tips on twigs and a few twigs that are completely dead. Not sure if it is from the heat in the summers or the cold winds in the winter. It did bloom the first year but it seemed awfully early and did not set any fruit. Apparently it is self-pollinating. Info on the Internet seems to lean toward use as an ornamental rather than for its fruit BUMMER! I bought and planted it for FRUIT! I think I am going to replace these trees with something that will prolifically bear fruit.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Taylorsville, Kentucky
Fields, Oregon

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