Historic Capilano Apricots
Prunus mandshurica var Capilano
The Capilano Apricots are three large fruit-producing trees growing to a height of twenty feet tall and wide. The trees produce white and pink flowers in early spring before leaves appear and freestone fruit with yellow skin and flesh ripening in August. The fruit is good for eating fresh, baking, preserving, or wine.
The Capilano Apricots were guerrilla gardened in an Edmonton boulevard by plant researches from Alberta government’s Crop Diversification Centre horticultural station in Brooks, Alberta from seeds originally acquired in Harpin, China. Locals refer to the trees as Capilano one, two, and three from South to North.
While some members of the Prunus genus produce seedlings that are distinct from their parents, Capilano apricot seedlings breed reasonably true to seed and have been known to produce good quality fruit.
Though the Capilano apricots would benefit from a pollinator they are believed to be self-fertile for three reasons; each parent tree has slightly different flowing times, Capilano one is isolated from two and tree, and seedlings planted on their own have been known to fruit.