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Life Span for an Apricot Tree

By Mark Pendergast

Apricot trees can live for decades. They are cultivated throughout the world's temperate regions and belong to the Rosaceae family. They produce a pitted fruit with a yellow or yellow-orange flesh. The edible fruit is used to make apricot brandy.

Expert Insight

The apricot tree has an average life span of 20 to 30 years, according to the University of Minnesota Extension. They flourish in well-drained, fertile soil and prefer full sun. Do not plant apricots in low-lying areas where water collects.


To help ensure that an apricot tree lives out it full life span, control any weeds around the tree. Uncontrolled weeds attract rodents that can damage it. One of the best weed controls is mulch, but keep the mulch at least 1 foot away from the trunk.


Good maintenance practices prevent problems and allow the tree to flourish. Cut back any dead or diseased branches. Remove any dried fruit from the tree and clear out leaves and debris from beneath the tree. Before pruning, disinfect tools with a 10 percent bleach solution.


About the Author


Mark Pendergast has worked as a freelance writer since 2007, focusing on topics such as health, sports and finance. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and librarian and has written for the "Northside Sun" and "Jackpot," among other publications. Pendergast holds a Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College.