Manchurian Apricot

Prunus armeniaca var. mandshurica

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



Foliage Color:





Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Fields, Oregon

Cedar Valley, Utah

Riverton, Wyoming

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 9, 2016, DaveMy from Cedar Valley, UT wrote:

At over 5700 feet in Utah, I planted two of these Manchurian apricot trees. They grew like weeds and are not a bush in size. I later cut one down because it out grew my garden area. The remaining tree is hardy, provides nice shade (its larger than 20x20 feet) and has beautiful fall leaves. It was planted over 20 years ago but I can count the times it has born fruit on one hand. The fruit is terrible for eating, bitter tasting but maybe you could sweeten it up for jam? I have sense moved next door and just planted a Chinese "Mormon" apricot (4/2016) that is better rated for my growing area with a sweet fruit?


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,
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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.