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Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow 1" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Looking for a small tree with a delicious and nutritious fruit? Look no further than Prunus armeniaca, also known as the Armenian plum. This tree stands 20-30 ft tall with a trunk up to 15 inches in diameter and a dense, spreading canopy. Its fruit is a drupe similar to a small peach, 0.5-1 inch in diameter, and ranges from yellow to orange, often tinged red on the side most exposed to the sun. Apricot kernels, a component in traditional Chinese medicine, can also be harvested from this tree. Although its native range is uncertain, this versatile tree is extensively cultivated worldwide and has even escaped into the wild in many places. Try growing Prunus armeniaca for a taste of ancient history and sweet, juicy fruit.