Apriums are a cross between an apricot and a plum. They are not GMO but bred through years of crossing pollen. Originally developed by Fred Zaiger of Zaiger Genetics. It can take breeders from 15 to 30 years to fully develop these fruits.
Apriums are one of the earliest ripening fruits. Blooms very early; generally difficult to grow, especially in late frost areas. Needs well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Thin fruit early in season to maximize size and quality. A favorite stone fruit at farmers markets given its smooth skin and sweet apricot flavor. Susceptible to bacterial canker, shot hole fungus, brown rot and peach twig borer. Harvest in the 4-5th year.
Apriums are grafted onto Citation Rootstock which is tolerant of wet soil, induces early dormancy in dry soil, is very winter hardy, resists root knot nematodes, and produces a 12'-18' tree. By pruning you can keep your tree at any height.