An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
A popular Scout x McClure cross developed at the Ag Canada research station at Morden, Manitoba and released in 1982. It is very similar to Debbie's Gold. While Debbie's Gold is slightly sweeter, Westcot has slightly larger fruit. Some of our western friends heap lavish praise on Westcot. Bernie Nikolai, for instance, says 'Awesome taste, vastly superior to any store bought apricot'. Although it can tolerate brutally cold prairie winters, Westcot will not necessarily be as adaptable to the temperature fluctuations of winters in the east.
SELF-FERTILE | ZONE 2/3 | HARVEST: LATE JULY