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Chinese Apricot # 1
From seed about 2013, currently in our hoophouse
February 26, 2016
9:47 pm
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Christine
Near Meadview, between Lake Mead and Grand Canyon West (Skywalk)
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This tree has yet to flower and I don't know whether it's because we grew it from seed or whether it's due to being in the hoophouse under plastic with not enough chill hours and huge temperature differences from day to night. 

I hadn't done much pruning and the top branches were getting close to the plastic.  The top leaves burned or dried up last summer.  We've had the 4-year plastic for 4.5 years and when it breaks we'll move the hoophouse down the hill with shade cloth covering and the existing hoophouse will be turned into a garden.  Didn't expect the plastic to last so long!

In 2015 the gophers almost got it.  They were within two feet of the trunk and I'm so glad we saved the tree.  Even if it doesn't produce edible fruit, it will make a nice windbreak and provide shade.

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Here it is after some serious pruning:

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I've pruned a little more since then.

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