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Sugar Pearls™ Apricot on Myrobalan (Spring 2021)


A white-fleshed, mid-season apricot with amazing flavor. Also known as NJA 150.

This is a handsome tree; it is large and spreading, high vigor, and it puts out a showy bloom. Sugar Pearls™ is a new cultivar, and complete data is not yet available, but reports suggest that it is broadly disease resistant. In our orchard, we have found that it is slightly slower to produce than other apricot varieties (taking five years to bear), but it is very productive once it begins to crop. The tree blooms late, and it should be planted with another late-blooming apricot for pollination. Suitable partners include Harlayne, Harogem, Hargrand, and Jerseycot.

Ripening midseason, about a week after Harcot, the fruit is smallish and elliptoid, and the cream-colored flesh is smooth and melting. The flavor is, well, mind blowing, and this apricot has quickly become a favorite at our farm. Our nursery manager describes it as "the best apricot in the universe," while Chrys in the office came up with the more poetic "ambrosial." Sugar Pearls™ is very, very sweet, but the sweetness has an appealing, rich character that is most often described as honeyed. In Fruit Notes 2016, Dr. Frecon of Rutgers says it is "one of the best pieces of fruit I have ever eaten in 50 years of evaluations." This one is a winner.

Sugar Pearls™ was developed by J. Goffreda at Rutgers and introduced in 2005.

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This is a handsome tree; it is large and spreading, high vigor, and it puts out a showy bloom. Sugar Pearls™ is a new cultivar, and complete data is not yet available, but reports suggest that it is broadly disease resistant. In our orchard, we have found that it is slightly slower to produce than other apricot varieties (taking five years to bear), but it is very productive once it begins to crop. The tree blooms late, and it should be planted with another late-blooming apricot for pollination. Suitable partners include Harlayne, Harogem, Hargrand, and Jerseycot.

Ripening midseason, about a week after Harcot, the fruit is smallish and elliptoid, and the cream-colored flesh is smooth and melting. The flavor is, well, mind blowing, and this apricot has quickly become a favorite at our farm. Our nursery manager describes it as "the best apricot in the universe," while Chrys in the office came up with the more poetic "ambrosial." Sugar Pearls™ is very, very sweet, but the sweetness has an appealing, rich character that is most often described as honeyed. In Fruit Notes 2016, Dr. Frecon of Rutgers says it is "one of the best pieces of fruit I have ever eaten in 50 years of evaluations." This one is a winner.

Sugar Pearls™ was developed by J. Goffreda at Rutgers and introduced in 2005.

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The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apricot
Subcategory:

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: orange
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: NJA 103 x NJA 45
Origin: New Jersey
Introduced in: 2005
Introduced by: Joe Goffreda; Rutgers NYAES

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Jul 27 (approximate, in New York State) + 7 days after Harcot

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Myrobalan Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 35'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Sugar Pearls™ Apricot on Myrobalan does not have any diseases or pests associated with it at this time.

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile?
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Standard (100% Size)

Pollination Partners

Apricots are not part of our search tool given various complexities. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.






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