5ft 'New Large Early' Apricot Tree | SJA Semi Vigorous Rootstock | Bare Root

Code: TR0027
5ft 'New Large Early' Apricot Tree | SJA Semi Vigorous Rootstock  | Bare Root
Apricot Tree 'New Large Early' - Root Wrapped

Apricot New Large Early - the American variety that grows well in the British climate. The delicious orange fruit makes an iconic jam but is also great to eat straight off the tree. With pink blossom in spring this tree is bound to make an interesting and colourful addition to any outdoor space. 'New Large Early' is a hardy and reliable variety providing a good source of nectar and pollen attracting the pollinating insects essential for fertilisation and improving the wildlife value of your garden.

  • Flower Colour: Pink
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 3-4m
  • Rootstock: Saint Julian A - Semi-Dwarfing
  • Comes in a: No pot - root wrapped
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
  • Tree is approx. 1 year old with a 2 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: Late winter, early spring (February - April)
  • Harvesting Period: August
  • Season of Use: August
  • Tolerance: Frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bush, fan, half-standard
  • Uses: Eating fresh, cooking
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Exposure: Sheltered
  • Self-fertilising: Yes
  • Rate of Growth: Fast
  • Scented: Slightly
  • Wildlife friendly - Attracts bees and other pollinating insects


  • Light Requirements: Full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Almost all normal garden soil with pH 6.5 - 7.5
  • Moisture: Moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
    Add +
  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
    Add +
  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
    Add +
  • All-purpose Liquid Seaweed Stimulant by Empathy - 1L
    Add +
Selected items will be included with your purchase

Q:Does Height Really Matter?

A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.


  • Planting Distance: 4m

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Dig a hole approximately a third wider than the root ball. Carefully yet firmly backfill the remaining soil around the root ball and water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems. For best result try training against a south-facing wall.


  • Pollination: self-fertilising

Self-fertilising fruiting trees do not need other pollinators, as male and female gametes are produced by the same individual. Poor pollination is caused by bad weather at blooming time, limiting the activity of insects, particularly in the case of apricots which usually bloom in February or March. In a bad year a soft paint bush can dramatically improve results.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

Fruit Tree Rootstocks

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How it’s pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop. Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.

This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.4/5 (10 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"as described and on time."

Reviewed Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Rating: 5/5

"highly recommend them"

Reviewed Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rating: 4/5

"Am waiting for sings of life...fingers crossed!"

Reviewed Sunday, 27 March 2016

Rating: 5/5


Reviewed Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Rating: 4/5


Reviewed Friday, 22 May 2015

Rating: 4/5


Reviewed Monday, 23 March 2015

Rating: 5/5

"very good"

Reviewed Monday, 23 March 2015

Rating: 2/5

"Two branches snapped off,and uneavenly spaced branches giving an unbalanced shape.I am Fan training it in a conservatory boarder."

Reviewed Thursday, 19 March 2015

Rating: 5/5

"Lovely big plant. Plenty of branches in a good shape. Bare root so easy to plant in a nice big pot. Already showing signs of bud burst in less than two weeks. Will definitely be back to Primrose."

Reviewed Monday, 20 January 2014

Rating: 5/5


Reviewed Sunday, 28 April 2013

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