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Apricot Tree - Palsteyn

Prunus armeniaca ‘Palsteyn’


The Palsteyn Apricot Tree is one of South Africa’s top export variety. The Palsteyn Apricot Tree was developed and released in South Africa in 1978, and is also known as “Imperial”.

Low chilling, non-melting variety.

SKU APR-PAL Category


Apricot Tree For Sale – Palsteyn

Apricot trees are perfect for a backyard orchard, easy to care for and produce fruit a-plenty! You can’t go wrong with a sweet and juicy apricot. The best part about them? They’re just waiting for you on your apricot tree! What better way to celebrate your success than munching away at these little gems right off the branch before they get too ripe, when their succulent flavour is still there but not overpowering like in later stages.

The Palsteyn Apricot Tree for sale, also known as the “Imperial” variety, produces medium to large round fruits with flat sides that ripens from late November to early December. If the fruit is left to ripen properly it tastes sweeter than if picked early. Top export variety excellent for multi-purposes with a firm, non-melting texture.

Palsteyn is a late stone-fruit from South Africa with excellent eating qualities, due to its outstanding flavour.

The apricot tree is a lovely, beautiful deciduous tree with bright green leaves and beautiful blossoms. Today the apricot tree is grown all over the world thanks to its hardiness that makes it useful in landscaping as well as providing valuable shade during hot summers!

The Palsteyn apricot tree is a strong and vigorous plant, growing up to 4 meters in height with the potential for expansion. It will form a dense canopy but also sturdy trunk 40cm diameter.

It tolerates low chilling requirements making it suitable for most regions of South Africa.

The apricot tree is deciduous with a low chilling need. As the days become shorter and cooler in autumn, deciduous plants stop growing. They store energy by losing their leaves to remain dormant during winter which protects them from freezing temperatures. Once a tree has been naturally frozen or otherwise deprived of heat for an amount equal its minimum “chilling requirement” followed by certain degrees above zero degrees celsius it will resume normal growth including flowering as well as fruit set once again!

Additional information

Apricot Variety


Tree Age

2-3 years


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Apricot Tree - Palsteyn

Attractive, medium to large, rounded fruit with flat sides. The skin is dark yellow and blushed with red. The flesh is orange-yellow. It has an excellent taste with firm a non-melting texture. Freestone.
Harvest Time
Ripens from late November to early December
Year to Bear
These are grafted trees so they can produce fruit in the first year of planting!
Growth Rate
Fast Growing. Can reach a height of 4-5m if left unpruned and spread outwards.
Container Friendly?
Apricot trees grow well in containers and are a good choice for gardeners with big plans but limited space.


The Apricot Tree grows best in full sun (at least six hours of sunlight per day).


Apricot trees require deep watering, especially when they begin bearing fruit. To avoid over-watering your apricot trees, water the trunk and base areas every two weeks or so (depending on the weather), giving your trees a healthy soak.


Apricots like areas with cool winters and mild summers. Gardeners in warm climates must make sure to plant low chill apricot varieties that do not require a lengthy cold season to produce fruit. Luckily the Palsteyn apricot tree is a low chill variety. Frost hardy to -7 degrees.

Pollination Info

Apricots are self-fertiile, meaning that they may be pollinated by pollen from another flower on the same tree, or in the case of apricots, by pollen from the same flower.

Planting & Care Guide

Apricot trees need deep, well drained loamy soil.

Grow in full sun and keep moist during the growing season.

Annual judicious pruning in winter is needed.