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Chinese Sweet Pit Apricot

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Original price $74.99 - Original price $74.99
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$74.99 - $74.99
Current price $74.99
SKU C476

Prunus armeniaca 

Also known as the Chinese Golden, Mormon or Large Early Montgamet apricot, although its actual origins may be lost to time. It is called a "sweet pit" because you can eat the kernel like you would an almond, as well as enjoying the flavorful fruit. The tree is medium size, precocious and a heavy bearer. Its golden-orange, medium size fruit is sweet, firm and juicy and ripens over a long period of time.

It's late blooming (compared to other apricot trees), which makes it an excellent choice for higher elevations or late frost areas. It is winter hardy and self fertile.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 4

Mature Height:  12' 

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: August

Pollination: Self Fertile

Rootstock: Marianna 2624

Read our Apricot Growing Guide

Size Options: Semi-Dwarf (4'-5')


Ask a Question
  • Is this a bare root tree?

    Yes it is, so it will ship in Spring of 2023

  • I've heard almomd and apricot are closely related. Will an almond tree (Oracle or Nikita's Pride) help boost the pollination of this apricot?

    They are in the same genus, Prunus, but are not closely related enough for pollination. We suggest another apricot, such as Hunza or Puget Gold, to improve fruit set on this variety.

  • Is this tree an equal choice as puget gold or Harglow for the PNW? Thank you

    Not at all. This apricot is both more cold hardy than either, but it also needs a lot more heat to ripen fruit.

  • Can this tree do well in Dallas, Texas?

    Likely yes with good irrigation.

  • Is the Chinese Sweet Pit apricot a clone or is it grown from seed?

    It is a grafted clone, not a seedling.

  • Will Harglow and Chinese sweet pit pollinate each other? If not which for each?

    Yes they are compatible for cross pollination

  • How many years till it bears fruit

    3-5 years after planting

  • Hi Can you recommend a good companion for my one-year-old Chinese Mormon. I figure having two would enhance yield. I live in zone 7A Eastern Tennessee. Thanks,

    Chinese Sweet Pit and Chinese Mormon are two names for the same grafted clone, so they will not cross pollinate. Hunza or Puget Gold are options that will work better.

  • I don't understand what the info on this tree says "Size Options Semi-dwarf 4'-5'" but then the descriptions says "Grow Height: 15'" So how big will this tree actually get???

    The mature height is 15'. The height when shipped is 4'-5'.

  • I have a couple of questions about the Chinese Sweet Pit apricot. I see a Grow Height of 15' listed but also Size Option Semi-Dwarf 4'-5' on this page. So are there two options to choose from? Also I had one of these trees for 32 years in Albuquerque, NM at elevation 5,500' . It did exceptionally well, but the fruit ALWAYS ripened in mid-June. Yours is listed as August ripening. I am wondering if the climate could be that different here?

    The mature height of the tree is 15' tall, but will be shipped at 4'-5' tall. Our ripening times are for the Pacific Northwest as othe regions will ripen earlier or later.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Product arrived in good condition. Planted it approx a week ago and small leaf buds are already appearing. Very pleased.

William B.
Arrived in great shape

Arrived well-packaged, dormant as a rootball with a ~ 4.5 feet trunk leading up to a nice symmetric fork of two branches, in fine shape...

I planted and watered and green buds have started appearing just ~ 2 weeks later!

Louise M.

Zone 6, I planted my single-stem bare root Chinese Sweet Pit in April/23 and it is thriving with beautiful scaffold branches. I gave it a good pruning in January/24, and I am looking forward to seeing how much it grows this year. I love apricots, and the Sweet Pit kernels are a key bonus and the reason I chose this variety. I planted it 20' away from a Hunza also purchased from Raintree and planted at the same time. Both are about 40' from a Moorpark purchased locally in a pot.

Rarin' to leaf out!

It took a month to ship out after ordering, but well worth the wait! It looked like a long stick with only roots, no branches. I watered daily for a week and then one day ....leaf buds all the way from the ground, up to top.. I removed all the lower buds.. a couple weeks later its looking like a tree instead of a stick! Very Pleased!

Richard L.
Thank you!

Thank you, the two saplings have sprouted. I'll send you the pictures I took.