Botanical name:  Prunus armeniaca

Crown and root system:  This is a deciduous tree with a medium-to-large crown and a non-invasive root system.

Growing regions:  All over Israel, except for extremely hot areas.

Ripening date:  Middle to end of summer.

Planting in a container:  Possible.

Recommended planting season:  All year round.

Special care:  As with most summer fruit trees the apricot tree is also a preferred target for birds and fruit flies.  The flies can be neutralized almost completely using a designated fly trap placed on one of the branches.  The trap is safe and easy to use.  Another way to protect the fruit from flies and birds is to use special netting sold in agricultural supply stores.

 Varieties sold in our nursery:
Raanana variety:  This is an excellent commercial variety that also bears fruit in the center of the country.  The fruit is large with a high sugar content and is very juicy.

Good to know:
California is the apricot capital of America, and 95% of the fruit consumed there is grown in that state.

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