Bush Apricots - Knowledgebase Question

Suisun City, CA
Question by nearlydied
January 4, 2000
I'm looking for the scientific name for a plant I heard was called a Manturian Bush Apricot. It is supposed to be a shrub like plant that grows to over six feet in height, has long thorns, and produces apricots that are edible. A friend grew them as hedges to keep out dogs and I was hoping to find them for myself, along with information about how to grow them.

Answer from NGA
January 4, 2000


Prunus Armeniaca variety Mandshurica (Maximum) is the formal name of your Bush Apricot. It's from Manchuria and is hardy through USDA zone 6. It's a small, round-crowned tree with reddish bark and sharp thorns.

Bush apricot is not commonly grown, but you should be able to find a source by contacting the California Rare Fruit Growers at their website:

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