An interspecific hybrid of apricot and Russian plum. Very valuable for its fruit quality, high frost resistance in the wood and flowers on the level of Russian hybrid plums, very good resistance to fungal diseases and excellent fruit taste properties. Especially suitable for home gardeners because of its flexibility and for the areas with late spring frosts, where apricot cultivation is incapable.
Parents: result of the selection by the breeders at the Irrigation Research Institute NII, Melitopol, Ukraine
Picking season: early to mid-early, mid-July
Fruit: large, 70 g, larger than apricot, diameter between apricot and peach, oval shape. Shell firm, color dark burgundy, slightly hairy. Suitable for direct consumption as well as for the processing of juices and compote, where the fruits retain their beautiful color and texture. Fruits are characterized by good transportability.
Flesh: reddish-yellow to red, juicy, not fibrous. Large stone, partially detached from the meat.
Flavor: delicious, sweet and sour with a honey taste that is more reminiscent of apricots than plums. Ripe honey-sweet when fully ripe.
Vigor: medium strong, tree undemanding, requires no special care
Flowering: late, variety is not self-pollinated. Flower buds are frost-proof, which contributes to their regular fertility, especially after warm winters, when the late winter frosts recur. Blooming flowers are frost resistant.
Growth habit: medium-strong, compact, round dense canopy
Disease-resistance: generally high resistance to diseases and pests affecting stone fruit. Resistant to heavy and wet soils and tolerant to drought.
Start to bear fruit: the first fruits already bear in the 2nd - 3rd year after planting
Bearing regularity: high and stable, one of the most productive black apricot hybrids
Cold hardiness: excellent, both wood and flower buds are completely frost hardy. Flower buds are more resistant to extremely cold temperatures in compare with non-hybrid apricots.