Closeup photo of the white flower of a Desert-Apricot, with the sun shining through its green leaves Photo of a Desert Aprilcot shrub in fruit.
Common Name Desert Apricot
Latin Name Prunus fremontii
Native Habitat Southern California deserts 4,000 feet to 500 feet
Soil Dry to moist, decomposed granite, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained, will grow in grass
Water Once per month in hot dry weather
Height X Width 15 feet X 10 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green deciduous
Garden Suitability NA
Ornamental Value Fragrant white/pink flower in February and March
Nature Value Attracts insects including ants, birds and mammals eat fruits
Native American Uses Fruit considered a great delicacy, important food and a highly prized food source
Links  
    Data: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/prufre/all.html
    Images and data: http://www.abdnha.org/pages/03flora/families/rose/prunus_fremontii.htm
    Images and data: http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/desertapricot.html
    Images and data: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PRFR
    Images and data: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_fremontii
    Images, nursery, and data: http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/1114.htm
    Distribution map: http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=6893
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