[NAFEX] Scout and Manchurian Apricots
Sarah Kehler Ewing
skkewing at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 21 16:39:09 EDT 2009
I have had two Manchurian apricot bushes for 4 years. One is 6+ feet tall and the other is barely 4' even though they are planted about 15 feet apart. I got them as 6" seedlings from McFayden. Neither of them has ever died back, not even one bud!
I also put in two Scout apricots last fall. I understand they are Manchurian apricot seedlings ??? I can't really comment on their hardiness: they have a fair bit of dead twigs on them, but I'm guessing that has more to do with the very long warm dry fall we had after a long hot dry summer. My Scouts are definitely trees while the Manchurians are definitely bushes.
I would love to comment on their fruit, but none of my apricots have blossomed yet. I have heard some pretty disappointing reviews on the taste of prairie hardy apricots.
> In the past, Manchurian apricot seedlings werre sold by Prairie
> nurseries, at a lower price and as pollinators. I expect
> there was also a lot of rootstock material floating around. I don't know
> the extent of the variability, but I would expect quite a lot especially
> as regards fruit quality. Considerable variation in respect to
> dormancy problems has been noted among the named Manchurian apricot
> selections sold on the Canadian Prairies.
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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