Pulchritude: Apricot Tree

Best known for their fruit, Apricot trees are believed to be native to Armenia where cultivation has occurred since ancient times. The Apricot tree (Prunus armeniaca) typically grows 8 – 12 meters in height, and has a trunk that is 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves are oval shaped (ovate) and grow between 5 – 9 centimeters in length and 4 – 8 centimeters in width. The flowers of the apricot tree consist of 5 petals that are white to pinkish in color and grow 2 – 4.5 centimeters in diameter, and bloom prior to the appearance of leaves and fruit. The fruit of the tree is a drupe, which is yellow to orange in color with a diameter of 1.5 – 2.5 centimeters. The fruit of the apricot tree (Prunus armeniaca) is commonly found in grocers across the world, and is also utilized to make jams and preserves. The kernel of the apricot can be pressed to produce oil for cooking or cosmetics. Apricot seeds contain cyanogenic glyccosides and are believed to be an alternative treatment for abnormal growth of cells.


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