Hemskerk

Fruit, rather large, round, flattened on the sides; the suture distinct, higher on one side than the other. Skin, yellow on the shaded side, and reddish next the sun. Flesh, bright orange, tender, rich, and juicy, separating from the stem. Stone, small, pervious on the back. Kernel, bitter.

This very much resembles, and, according to some, equals, the Moorpark. It ripens in the end of July and beginning of August. The tree is hardy and an excellent bearer, closely resembling in its wood and foliage the Moorpark, of which it is a variety. It is much more hardy than that variety, and not liable to gum and die off in the same manner.

Hunt's Moorpark. See Moorpark.

Kaisha (De Syrie)

Fruit, medium sized, roundish, marked with a suture, which is deep towards the stalk, and gradually diminishes towards the apex, which is pitted. Skin, pale lemon-coloured on the shaded side, and tinged and mottled with red next the sun. Flesh, transparent, separating freely from the stone, clear pale yellow, tender, and very juicy, sugary, and richly flavoured. Stone, small, roundish. Kernel, sweet.

An excellent early variety; ripe in the middle of August.

It was introduced from Syria by Mr. Barker, Consul at Aleppo, from whom I received grafts in 1842, and it was first brought into notice by Messrs. James Veitch & Son, of Exeter.

Large Early (Gros Précoce; Gros d'Alexandrie; Grosse Frühe; De St. Jean; Précoce d'Esperen; Précoce d'Hongrie)

Fruit, above the medium size, rather oblong, and flattened on the sides, considerably swollen on one side of the suture, which is deep and extends across to the opposite side of the apex, which terminates in a sharp point. Skin, pale orange on the shaded side, bright orange and spotted with red next the sun; slightly downy. Flesh, deep orange, rich, juicy, separating from the stone, which is very flat, oval, sharp at the point, and deeply channelled, but not pervious on the back. Kernel, bitter.

One of the most valuable apricots, not only on account of its excellent flavour, but for its great earliness, being ripe in the end of July and beginning of August.

Large Red (Gros Rouge)

This is a variety of the Peach Apricot, and of a deeper colour than that variety. It is large, and of a deep orange-red colour. The flesh is rich and juicy, and separates freely from the stone. Stone, pervious along the back. Kernel, bitter.

The tree is hardier than the Moorpark.

Liabaud

Fruit, large, oval, and inclining to oblate, being somewhat flattened; marked with a narrow, pretty deep suture. Skin, pale yellow, with a tinge of orange next the sun. Flesh, pale orange, tender, juicy, transparent, melting, richly flavoured and perfumed,, separating freely from the stone, which is impervious. Kernel, bitter.

An early apricot of excellent quality; ripe nearly a month before Moorpark.

The tree is hardy and a good bearer.

Raised by M. Liabaud at Croix-Rousse, near Lyons.