Apricot tree help please all input appreciated

mattpfMay 11, 2013

Hi I live in zone 3b/4
I started some westcot cot trees last year.i noticed last year I tried grafting a few branches and the wood of the apricot tree is very dry with what looks like barely any cambium ????
The over wintered only budding from trunks and few buds so far. I've been pruning branches they seem so dry but I remember from last year they were like that in middle of summer.
I've also got alot of plums cherries ect they have very green branches that are very flexible .

My question is are apricot trees very dry hard wood compared to the other prunus or did mine suffer bad winter injury

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

They shouldn't be that different. Scratch the bark. It should be bright green just under the surface. If it's at all brown then you likely had winter injury. What you describe sounds like winter injury, if so sorry to hear that.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 3:28PM
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treehugger2012

It is a winter injury I had the same problem none of my Apricot grafts worked

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 12:52AM
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bruce2288

Native plums grow here. Would these be compatible for grafting european or japanese plums?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 8:17AM
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mattpf

Treehugger how do your apricots suffer winter damage in a warm zone like yours ?
It's more likely sun scald or simply dried out. Apricot are very hardy trees .
I noticed last year when I tried grafting apricots that the wood is very dry and they are next to impossible to graft . I think grafting green wood or bud grafting is way to go with apricots .

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:52AM
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treehugger2012

MATTPF

You must be kidding to say my weather is warm. If my weather is warm why all the flowers on my 6 apricot trees froze and fell down. My dream is to taste just one apricot from my trees but the weather would not allow me. I was so frustrated and crazy I went out and spent 300.00 buying tree tarps and XMAS lights to be used next year freeze time. I did that to prevent myself of giving up hope for apricot

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:39PM
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bruce2288

Sorry, I wasn't trying to hijack the thread. I thought I was starting a new thread.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:42PM
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