Historic Capilano Apricot Seedlings
Prunus armeniaca ‘Capilano’ Seedlings
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 are growing in an Edmonton boulevard and rumoured to have been planted in the 1960s. Locals refer to the trees as Capilano one, two, and three (from South to North). Each tree is unique and likely the result of individual seedlings from an unknown source.
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 high-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.
Capilano Apricot 1
A multi-stem tree spreading 25 feet. Capilano 1 is the earliest Capilano Apricot to flower and fruit. The tree’s fruit is typically larger than its siblings.
Capilano Apricot 2
A single stemmed tree growing 25′ tall. Appears to be the last of the three trees to flower and set fruit.
Capilano Apricot 3
Large tree with good growth habit and fully developed grown. Flowers and produces fruit later than Capilano 1 which helps protect against a late frost. Though its fruit is smaller than Capilano 1, it is sweeter.