Desert Apricot (Prunus fremontii) - TheBackCountry

Prunus fremontii is a North American species of plants in the rose family, known by the common name desert apricot. It takes its scientific name from John C. Frémont. It is found in northern and western Baja California especially, mostly Pacific and western, and the adjacent area of southern California. It also occurs in northern Baja California Sur.

Prunus fremontii is a deciduous shrub or small tree reaching up to five meters (16 2/3 feet) in height. Flowers are white or pink, blooming about the same time as the leaves unfurl in the Spring. Fruits are yellow and egg-shaped. The fruits were an important food for Native American groups, such as the Cahuilla.

Not to be confused with Prunus fasciculata, called desert peach and desert almond.

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