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Aprimira®

Aprimira is a new hybrid mirabelle - apricot. The fruits are very sweet, and relatively large by the standards of mirabelles - more like small apricots in size. However in most other respects the mirabelle side of the partnership is more prominent, and Aprimira is best considered as a large pink / yellow-flushed mirabelle.

The blossom is plain white, and appears at about the same time as the leaves.

The fruits ripen gradually in early to mid-August, at about the same time as Victoria plums, and can be picked fresh from the tree over an extended period. The fruits will also keep fresh in a fridge for about a week - longer than most dessert plums.

The flavour is especially sweet and the stone falls away cleanly from the flesh.

Prunus x insititia

Aprimira inter-specific trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Wavit rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


How to grow

Aprimira is self-fertile, and flowers very early in the spring, making it a useful pollinator for other very early flowering plum species, including pluots, cherry plums and other mirabelles.



History

Aprimira was developed at the Geisenheim research station in Germany from a Mirabelle von Herrenhausen, and released in 1994.

Mirabelles and apricots are closely related members of the Prunus family, and many of these varieties will naturally cross-pollinate each other so there is great scope for interesting hybrids.



Aprimira characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-August
    • Picking season:Early
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary, Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Warm climates
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:Germany
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour:Yellow