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— COMMERCIAL CATALOG —
Aprium® Interspecific Apricots
Aprium® interspecific hybrids are complex crosses of Prunus species, primarily of apricot and plum (P. armeniaca, P. salicina), resembling apricot. Unlike plumcots, which are simple plum x apricot crosses, Aprium® interspecifics were developed by the Zaigers through intricate hybridizing; several generations of crosses were required to create these new fruits.
Aprium® interspecifics, with their scant fuzz, resemble apricots - their apricot parentage is expressed.
The complex, intense flavor of both Pluot® and Aprium® is unique to interspecifics, much like a blend of fruit juices where the mixture is an improvement over any of the separate ingredients. Additionally, the sugar content of these interspecifics is much higher than in any standard plum or apricot--yielding fruit of incomparable sweetness. These delicious new types of fruit provide new opportunities for the tree fruit grower.
In 1989 DWN introduced to the home garden nursery trade Flavor Delight Aprium® interspecific plus Flavor Supreme and Flavor Queen Pluot® interspecifics. The Aprium® and Pluot® interspecifics described in this catalog, along with the new interspecific Zaiger rootstocks--Citation, Atlas and Viking--represent the most advanced fruit varietal development in the world today.
Pluot® and Aprium® are registered trademarks of Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, California.
See also the overview of Zaiger Interspecifics
Rootstocks available for pre-bud orders: Nemaguard, Lovell, Marianna 26-24, Mari M-40, Myro 29C, Citation, Viking™
Growers: ask your sales rep about new Aprium® varieties and experimentals from Zaiger Genetics.
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Named for its late harvest time, Autumn Sprite is a yellow-orange Aprium® with a slight reddish blush. Maturing in the first two weeks of August, this freestone features medium size (88 gram average weight), and firm, sweet flesh (15.6 average ºBrix). The self-fertile tree is large and vigorous with a very productive semi-spreading growth habit. Estimated chilling requirement 800 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 16599)
Betty Cot Aprium® is a freestone interspecific apricot ripening from the last week of May to the first week of June, with firm, orange flesh, attractive orange skin and very good flavor. Betty Cot delivers above-average production of large-sized fruit. The self-fertile Betty Cot Aprium® has a winter chilling requirement of approximately 750 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 22648)
The freestone fruit of the Coral Cot Aprium® sizes an impressive 4-5 (per lb.). The fruit matures from the first week of June with firm orange flesh and nearly smooth skin. The self-fertile tree is vigorous and semi-spreading with an estimated chilling requirement of 600 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 19563)
For the early season, this new interspecific apricot offers large freestone fruit with attractive orange skin and flesh color. Country Cot Aprium® has good flavor, with balanced acid and sugar; the firm flesh gives it good storage quality and shelf life. Harvest begins about May 20th. Partly self-fertile, a pollenizer is recommended. Estimated chilling requirement 350 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent Pending)
The Escort Aprium® Interspecific Apricot features bright orange skin and orange freestone flesh. Maturity is reached in the first week of June, the fruit holding firm on the tree for 12-14 days. The fruit is large - size 5 (per lb.) - and sweet (16 average ºBrix) with pubescent skin like an apricot. Self-fertile. Estimated chilling requirement 700-800 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 18537)
This variety sports the attractive orange skin and orange flesh typical of apricots. In addition, the flesh is freestone with wonderful flavor and eating characteristics. Estimated chilling requirement 800 hours. Ripens about June 20th. Self-fertile. U.S. Plant Patent Pending
An early season Aprium®, the Honey Rich Aprium® interspecific apricot has a highly colored bright orange skin and freestone orange flesh. Honey Rich is so named for its rich, intensely sweet flavor. Ripening in late May, this very juicy fruit can be delicate and requires careful handling to avoid bruising. Estimated chilling requirement 400 hours. Pollenizer required: Bonny or Poppy apricot. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 10292)
A new Aprium® interspecific apricot from Zaiger Genetics, the self-fertile Kylese-Cot is drawing attention for its extra-early harvest (early May), good size and attractive orange skin. The orange freestone flesh has a balanced acidic-sweet flavor. Kylese-Cot has good storage and shipping characteristics. Estimated chilling requirement 450 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 23123)
Maturing forty days after the Brittany Gold apricot, Late Brittney Aprium® interspecific apricot is an exciting season-extender. The freestone Late Brittney ripens in mid-August, exhibiting yellow-orange skin over firm, mildly sweet flesh (15.5% average ºBrix). Larger and firmer than its apricot parent Patterson, Late Brittney is uniform in size (95.6 grams average weight) and maturity throughout the tree. This self-fertile selection has an estimated chilling requirement of 800 - 900 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 18921)
Maturing in the first two weeks of June, the Leah Cot Aprium® interspecific apricot resembles an apricot with attractive orange skin and a rich apricot flavor. Average ºBrix is 18. Leah Cot sets heavy, uniform crops of large, firm fruit - sizes 4-5 (per lb.). This variety is self-fertile and has a winter chilling requirement of approximately 800 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 21863)
Macy Cot Aprium® interspecific apricot is highly colored with good production, great flavor and firm texture. Macy Cot ripens the last week of May to the 1st week of June to a bright yellow-with-red blush color. Macy Cot Aprium® is self-fertile and has a very low winter chill requirement of 100-150 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 22730)
Similar to an apricot in appearance, but more round in shape with a lighter yellow-orange color, Tasty Rich Aprium® matures a full two weeks before Honey Rich in early to mid-May. Sizing at 6-7 (per lb.), the freestone fruit is firm and meaty with a flavor that is predominantly apricot, but suggestive of plum with a pleasant aftertaste. A pollenizer such as Autumn Sprite or Brittany Gold is required. Estimated chilling requirement 700 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 12774)
This freestone variety has beautiful orange skin with hints of red. The fruit is larger in size and has great shipping quality. Ripens between May 20th, and June 5th. Estimated chilling requirement 300 hours. U.S. Plant Patent No. 27189
Deep orange color is the hallmark of the Wescot Aprium® interspecific apricot. Wescot has demonstrated higher colored orange flesh and skin than the Tri-Gems apricot. This freestone fruit ripens in the third week of May with uniform in size and firmness throughout the tree. The fruit is large, sizes 5-6 (per lb.), and features firm flesh with a strong flavor (16.1% average Brix). Wescot is somewhat self-fruitful, but sets better with a pollenizer. Estimated chilling requirement 650 hours. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 16597)
Packing Variety, recommended for new plantings in the Fresno area. Within their harvest season, these varieties have demonstrated superior overall quality with respect to size, color, firmness, flavor, yield, storage and shipping. Used for apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum and interspecific fruit types.
Farmers Market Favorite™: varieties that have demonstrated, where adapted, consistent production of especially desirable, high-flavored fruit for local farmers market/fruit stand distributiion.
Zaiger Variety: developed by Zaiger's Inc. Genetics of Modesto, California. Dave Wilson Nursery is the exclusive U.S. licensor and primary propagator.
Note: Fruit and nut varieties in the Commercial Catalog are offered exclusively to commercial growers in commercial quantities for the purpose of commercial fruit and nut production. Products in this catalog are not offered for resale.