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Puget Gold Apricot Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Anyone who loves growing fruit trees will need to give the Puget Gold Apricot Tree a chance next time they want to add a new plant to their garden. This small cultivar, known botanically as Prunus armeniaca 'Puget Gold,' offers a large harvest of beautiful golden apricots. The Puget Gold Apricot Tree also has great cold hardiness and is typically quite easy to care for, even if you have minimal gardening experience. 

  • The Puget Gold Apricot Tree offers large apricots with golden color in late summer. 
  • This tree has a compact form and can grow across a wide hardiness range. 
  • The Puget Gold Apricot Tree requires minimal maintenance to remain healthy.

Plant Care



The Puget Gold Apricot Tree can grow in either full sunlight or partial shade.



Water your Puget Gold Apricot Tree once every one to two weeks or whenever you notice that the first three inches of soil are dry.



Apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer while this plant is in its fruiting stage.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on January 10, 2023

Planting instructions

The location in which you plant your Puget Gold Apricot Tree should receive between four and eight hours of sunlight per day. It’s best if the soil in that location is somewhat moist but well-draining. Start by digging a hole that is as deep as the root ball is tall and at least twice as wide. After that, place your Puget Gold Apricot Tree in the hole and backfill the hole with nutrient-rich soil. Be sure to provide plenty of water during the planting process and cover the area with mulch after you are finished.

Watering and nutrients

Typically, the Puget Gold Apricot Tree needs a relatively high volume of water throughout its life. During the early stages, you should water this plant often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After this tree has established itself, you can reduce your watering schedule to about once per week or once every other week during the growing season. The best way to feed a Puget Gold Apricot Tree is to apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer as soon as the fruits begin to develop on the branches.


The Puget Gold Apricot Tree is a self-fertile cultivar, which means that a single plant is capable of pollinating itself. As such, you only need to buy one if you want to enjoy this tree’s lovely fruits each year. However, planting more than one is typically favorable as this allows for cross-pollination, which often leads to better quality fruits and higher yields during harvest time. Whether you plant one or more, your Puget Gold Apricot Tree will rely on insects to conduct the pollen transfer.


It is important to prune your Puget Gold Apricot Tree if you want to see the best results out of this plant. The best time of year to prune is during winter while this tree is in its dormant growth phase. Your first goal during pruning should be to remove any branch that is dead, damaged or diseased. You should also work to thin the canopy of your Puget Gold Apricot Tree, which will help prevent disease. It’s also best to encourage horizontal branches, as those are the ones that are most capable of holding heavy fruits.

Pests, diseases, and animals

Sadly, there are several pests that can harm your Puget Gold Apricot Tree. Mites, caterpillars, sapsuckers, aphids, borers and Japanese beetles are among the many insects that can infest this plant. However, it is possible to treat most of these infestations if you catch them soon enough. Additionally, while pests can be an issue for the Puget Gold Apricot Tree, diseases rarely are since this plant has fantastic disease resistance overall. Planting this tree in the right place and giving it proper care are the best ways to prevent both pest and disease issues.


The harvest period for the Puget Gold Apricot Tree typically takes place during the mid to late summer months and will often last for about three weeks. During that time, you’ll likely have many apricot fruits that you’ll need to harvest. Fortunately, removing ripe apricots from your Puget Gold Apricot Tree is quite easy to do. In most cases, a light twisting motion is enough to remove a ripe apricot from its branch. The surest way to see if your fruits are ready for harvest is to taste one to see if it is sweet and soft.

Achieving maximum results

Don’t be afraid to plant a Puget Gold Apricot Tree, even if you live in an area that is on the colder side. While many popular fruit trees receive damage from late frosts, the Puget Gold Apricot Tree often proves to have strong frost resistance. Also, when pruning this plant, it is wisest to remove any branch that grows vertically or emerges from the trunk at a narrow angle. These branches are weaker than horizontal ones and are quite likely to break under the weight of a large fruit set.


Can you grow the Puget Gold Apricot Tree in a container?

It may be possible to grow the Puget Gold Apricot Tree in a container for the first few years of its life. If you choose to do this, you should make sure to select a container that is considerably wider than the root ball and has holes that allow for great drainage. However, while you grow this tree in a container early on, it will eventually outgrow a container setting, which is why in-ground planting is preferable.

How large does the Puget Gold Apricot Tree grow?

The Puget Gold Apricot Tree is a small fruit tree that will not take up an excessive amount of room in your garden. At most, this plant will expand to a mature height of about 15 feet tall with a spread of about seven to eight feet wide. Since this plant also has a moderate growth rate, along with its compact size, the Puget Gold Apricot Tree poses no risk of growing beyond your control and overtaking other plants in your garden.

When does the Puget Gold Apricot Tree bloom?

The Puget Gold Apricot Tree typically blooms during the early spring months of March and April. During that time, a set of small, pinkish-white flowers will open and attract pollinator insects. After the pollinators do their work, the flowers will give way to a set of small fruits that will eventually develop into large, delicious apricots.

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Mature height
15 ft.
Mature width
6-8 ft.
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Botanical name
Prunus armeniaca 'Puget Gold'
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Growing Zones: 5-9 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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