Plum curculio, oriental fruit moth, bacterial spot, and brown rot are the most significant problems apricots face.  Plum curculio are generally restricted to the eastern half of the United States.  Brown rot is also responsible for twig and blossom blight, which is not uncommon for certain apricot trees.  Bacterial spot should not be confused with peach scab, which is often quite minor on its own.  Additional research should be done on these pests and diseases before planting an apricot tree. 

Disease resistant apricots require moderate to high effort to manage in some of the more challenging environments they have been grown in.  However, this does not account for their early blooming habit, which makes them exceedingly vulnerable to frost damage in most of the US.

Apricots regularly experience sudden death in wet environments shortly after the leaves sprout.  The reason for this isn't entirely known, but the citation rootstock, which they are often grafted to, may be the primary cause.

Ansu Apricots
Prunus Armeniaca

Afghanistan

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Brought to the US from Iran in 1957.
Zone
• 5a     ◦ buds die below -20F
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid     ◦ after Monique and Lasgerdi Mashhad
Color
• (white) light yellow skin
Fruit
• tender

Alfred

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Doty x Geneva.  Introduced in Geneva, New York (1965).
Zone
• 4a?     ◦ lower
Blooms
💮
• mid-late
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid?     ◦ possibly a week or so after Tomcot

Apache

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Developed in California
Zone
• 4a (3b)     ◦ damaged at -33F
Ripens
🍊
• very early     ◦ drops when ripe, but resistant to bruising.

Autumn Glo

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Zone
•    ◦ 500 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• late

Autumn Royal

🔍
Zone
•    ◦ 400 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• very late     ◦ up to a month later than Autumn Glo?

Blenheim

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Originated in France (early 1800's).
Zone
•    ◦ 400- chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid
Afflictions
• Highly susceptible to brown rot.

Chinese Mormon

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Zone
• 4     ◦ 700 chill hours
Blooms
💮
• mid-late
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid?
Fruit
• clingstone, firm, edible kernel

Early Blush

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RR17-62 x NJA13.  Developed in New Jersey, PP9255 (1992).
Ripens
🍊
• very early
Fruit
• fruit soften rapidly

Florilege

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Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot and bacterial spot.

Gold Kist

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Zone
•    ◦ 200 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early

Gold Kist is an inferior apricot when compared to others that ripen around the same time, however, its low chill hour requirement makes it desirable for some.

Golden Amber

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Zone
•    ◦ 400 chill hours
Blooms
💮
• mid-late     ◦ bloom begins early but extends over a long period of time. The last to emerge are among the latest.
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid

Golden Amber's production is somewhat irregular in warmer climates.  It is still recommended since it appears to be more consistent than the other cultivars that ripen around a similar time in the South.

Golden Sweet

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Developed in California, PP8932 (1994).
Zone
•    ◦ 600 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid
Fruit
• firm

Harcot

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Developed in Ontario (1977)
Zone
• 4b     ◦ 700 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early? (early-mid)
Fruit
• 2"+, edible kernel
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot and perennial canker.

Harglow

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Developed in Ontario (1982)
Blooms
💮
• mid-late
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid
Growth
• semi-dwarf
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot, bacterial spot, perennial canker, and cracking.

Hargrand

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Developed in Ontario (1980)
Zone
• 4a (3b)
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid
Fruit
• up to 2.5", firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to bacterial spot and perennial canker.  Somewhat resistant to brown rot and cracking.

Harlayne

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Developed in Ontario, released in 1980.
Zone
• 4a     ◦ buds damaged at -30F
Blooms
💮
•    ◦ a day or two later than Hargrand and Harval
Ripens
🍊
• mid     ◦ 1 week after Veecot (Ontario)
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot, bacterial spot, and perennial canker.

Haroblush

🔍
Alias
• HW 441
Zone
• 4
Ripens
🍊
• early? (early-mid)     ◦ 4 days after Harcot in Ontario
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to bacterial spot, perennial canker, and cracking.

Harogem

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Developed in Ontario, released in 1979.
Zone
• 4a (3b)
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid     ◦ a few days after Harglow, Hargrand, and Veecot
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot and perennial canker.

Harojoy

🔍
Alias
• HW 446
Zone
• 4
Ripens
🍊
• early? (early-mid)     ◦ 5 days after Harcot in Ontario
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot, bacterial spot, perennial canker, and cracking.

Harostar

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Alias
• HW 436
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid     ◦ 10 days after Harcot in Ontario
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot, bacterial spot, and cracking.

Ilona

🔍
Harcot x Bhart.  Developed in New Jersey, PP25862 (2013).
Alias
• NJ-21-107
Zone
• 4
Ripens
🍊
• early
Fruit
• 1.75", 40g/fruit
Storage
• over 1 week
Afflictions
• Resistant to cracking.

Katy

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Zone
•    ◦ 400+ chill hours?
Ripens
🍊
• early

Katy is often considered to be a low chill southern apricot, but there are complaints about how it rarely sets fruit.  Furthermore, no one seems to disagree, implying it requires more chilling hours than what is usually labeled (200-400).

Lasgerdi Mashhad

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Ripens
🍊
• early-mid
Color
• (white) light yellow skin

Moniqui

🔍
Zone
•    ◦ 700 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid
Color
• (white) light yellow skin

Montrose

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Discovered in Montrose, Colorado.
Zone
•    ◦ 600-800 chill hours
Blooms
💮
• mid-late
Ripens
🍊
• mid-late?
Fruit
• edible kernel
Afflictions
• disease resistant?

Montrose Hoyt

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Seedling of Montrose.  Selected in northern Idaho.
Zone
• 4a
Blooms
💮
• late     ◦ roughly 0.5 weeks (shorter grow seasons) to 1.5 weeks (longer grow seasons) later than usual.
Ripens
🍊
• mid?
Fruit
• up to 2"

Moorpark

🔍
Originated in England (1760).
Zone
•    ◦ 600 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• mid
Growth
• dwarf
Fruit
• up to 2.5"

Orangered

🔍
Lasgerdi Mashhad x NJA2.  Developed in New Jersey.
Alias
• Orange Red
Ripens
🍊
• early
Fruit
• 2.2", firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to cracking.  Probably resistant to bacterial spot and other diseases (with the exception of brown rot).

Pixie Cot

🔍
Zone
• 5a?     ◦ lower
• 500 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early
Growth
• true dwarf (short internodes)

Puget Gold

🔍
Discovered in Washington
Zone
• 4b?     ◦ lower
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid? (mid)
Growth
• semi-dwarf
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• Resistant to brown rot.
Susceptible to bacterial spot.

Robada

🔍
Zone
• 5a?     ◦ lower
Ripens
🍊
• early
Fruit
• 2", firm
Afflictions
• Susceptible to bacterial spot.

Royal Rosa

🔍
Zone
•    ◦ 500 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early     ◦ a few days before OrangeRed and most other early apricots

Sugar Pearls

🔍
Introduced in New Jersey (2005).
Blooms
💮
• late     ◦ shortly before Zard and Montrose Hoyt
Ripens
🍊
• early? (early-mid)
Color
• (white) light yellow skin
Fruit
• 1.75"
Afflictions
• disease resistant

Tilton

🔍
Zone
•    ◦ 600 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid? (mid)
Fruit
• firm

Tomcot

🔍
Rival x P63-265 (Goldrich x open pollination).  Developed in Washington, PP7034 (1988).
Zone
•    ◦ 500
Ripens
🍊
• early
Fruit
• firm
Afflictions
• At least somewhat resistant to brown rot and bacterial spot.

Tropic Gold

🔍
Zone
•    ◦ 350- chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid?

Wenatchee Moorpark

🔍
Zone
•    ◦ 700 chill hours
Ripens
🍊
• early-mid

Zard

🔍
Originated in Iran
Zone
• 3b?     ◦ lower
Blooms
💮
• late     ◦ roughly 0.5 weeks (shorter grow seasons) to 1.5 weeks (longer grow seasons) later than usual.
Ripens
🍊
• mid? (early-mid)
Color
• (white) light yellow skin
Fruit
• 1.5", tender, edible kernel

Zard may produce lightly for many years.

Manchurian Apricots
Prunus Mandshurica

Brookcot

🔍
Originated in Alberta (1980).
Zone
• 2a?     ◦ lower (buds survived -48F)
Blooms
💮
• mid-late
Fruit
• ~1.25"
• semi-freestone?

Westcot

🔍
Scout (P. mandshurica) x McClure.  Introduced in Morden, Manitoba (1982).
Zone
• 2a?     ◦ lower (tree survived -48F, not sure if buds did too)
Ripens
🍊
• early?
Fruit
• somewhat-firm

Apricots
(hybrid)

Debbie's Gold

🔍
P. armeniaca x P. sibirica.  Introduced in Carman, Manitoba (1980).
Zone
• 3a?     ◦ lower (buds survived -41F)
Fruit
• 1.75"

Moongold

🔍
Superb (P. armeniaca) x Manchu (P. mandshurica).  Originated in Minnesota (1960).
Zone
• 4?
Fruit
• 1.25", tender

Sungold

🔍
Superb (P. armeniaca) x Manchu (P. mandshurica).  Originated in Minnesota (1960).
Zone
• 4?
Fruit
• 1.25", tender

Tlor Tsiran

🔍
P. armeniaca x P. cerasifera
Blooms
💮
• mid-late
Color
• purple skin, red flesh

Tlor Tsiran does not fruit for some people for an unknown reason.