Katy Apricot Tree (Prunus armeniaca ‘Katy’)

Katy Apricot Tree

  • Flavorful Freestone
  • Winter Hardy
  • Self-Fruitful (No Pollination Needed)
  • Fast Growing Tree
  • Fruit Early in the Season
  • Adaptable to Different Soils and Moisture
  • Large and Firm Fruit
  • Blooms White Flowers with Vibrant Green Foliage
  • Delectable Fruit Fresh, Canned, Dried, or Jammed
  • Low Chill Hours (200-300)

The Katy Apricot Tree (Prunus armeniaca ‘Katy’) is a fruit-bearing tree that produces the most remarkable fruit–the Katy Apricot! Plant this tree in your backyard where you can enjoy the beautiful sights of your own apricot orchard all year long.

There is a lot to love about the Katy Apricot Tree, but its best feature is the early ripening of the apricots! You’ll be the first person on the block picking your Katy Apricots in the month of May!

The golden yellow fruit with orange overtones is a hit during summer months. The large, firm Katy Apricot is perfect for a wide variety of dining. Enjoy the delectable fruit fresh, canned, dried, or jammed for dessert jams and jellies!

It has a mildly sweet flavor when fully ripe–and it is great right off the branch!

The Katy Apricot is very productive, so you’re sure to enjoy a lavish, full harvest each year! Another bonus is they contain plenty of sugar, so you can dry them and save them for the future to be eaten!

Not only is the fruit fantastic and versatile, the tree itself is quite gorgeous. It has vibrant green foliage with beautiful white flowers, guaranteed to be a show-stopper!

The Katy Apricot Tree is a great size being able to grow up to 18 feet in height and spread anywhere from 15 – 18 feet.

This tree is also very adaptable to different soil types and moisture levels! The Katy Apricot Tree will grow fast in any condition as long your zip code falls into growing zones 7-10.

How to Use The Katy Apricot Tree In The Landscape

Fruit trees are a great addition to any yard, orchard, or landscape! The colorful fruit will add life to any area.

To grow to its fullest, the tree needs space. Space your tree 6 – 10 feet apart from any other tree, pipes, wires, and buildings. Measure from the center of the tree.

Add the Katy Apricot Tree to your orchard! Since they are self-fruitful, they can fruit on their own and can even do better when other self-fruitful trees are around, so pick as many fruit trees as you’d like!

Having a line of these trees on the edge of your landscape is a great, pretty way to divide your property.

Tips For Care

The Katy Apricot Tree is a self-fertile tree, so pollination isn’t exactly needed. However, they do much better if they are provided with a cross pollinator.

Place your Katy Apricot Tree in a full-sun location, as they love the sunshine. Another great benefit is that this tree requires low chill hours–200 to 300.

As for watering, a smart way to see if your tree is thirsty is to use the finger test. Stick your pointer finger up to the second knuckle in the dirt near the base. If it’s dry, give your tree a drink. If it’s still slightly damp, go ahead and skip for the day.

The Katy Apricot Tree doesn’t require a set watering schedule, but it is recommended for its first growing season.

Pruning is always recommended, as it keeps the tree happy and healthy. This tree is kind to pruning, so you can easily prune to keep the size manageable. Essentially, pruning prevents disease and makes harvesting much easier.

Be sure and cut any dead, harmed, or crossing branches to ensure your tree’s health. For the best results, prune your tree into a V shape! If you are unsure about pruning, read our blog post here.

By adding a layer of mulch around the base of your tree starting about an inch from the trunk, the moisture levels will even out while saving water and protecting your tree’s roots.

We know that planting a fruit tree can be confusing! Go ahead and read our blog post here about planting fruit trees.

Add this gorgeous, fruit-filled beauty to your landscape!

Katy Apricot Tree (Prunus armeniaca ‘Katy’) Details

Common name Katy Apricot Tree
Botanical name Prunus armeniaca 'Katy'
Hardiness zone 7-10
Growth rate Fast
Height 15 - 18 ft.
Width 15 - 18 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White
Leaf color Green