Apricot tree 'Rouge du Roussillon' -
Prunus armeniaca 'Rouge du Roussillon' (latin)
Geographic origin: Central Asia and the Orient.
Adult size: Height 4 to 5 metres, width 4 metres.
Type of soil: All, except very damp.
Climate: Hardy to -18°C, however the flowers will die if temperatures fall below -2°C with the spring frosts. Not advised for areas north of the Loire.
Position: Full sun.
Characteristis and uses: The apricot tree is a highly sought after fruit tree because of its small orange fruits that have such a sweet and tasty flesh. The pink or white flowers appear before the leaves. As soon as the first flowers arrive, it is important to keep an eye open for frosts, as this will harm the fruit production.
An annual prune will help aerate the centre of the tree. Watering will be required if there is a prolonged dry spell, especially in the first year. Add fertilizer on a regular basis.
The fruits of the ‘Rouge du Roussillon’ apricot tree are ready to pick mid July to mid August. They are large and vermillion red to orange in colour. They are very sweet if they are picked when ripe. They can be eaten straight away or used in tarts and jams. They are excellent for preserving.