Apricot (Tree) (Flowering Apricot, Japanese Flowering Apricot)
Common Name: Apricot (Tree) (Flowering Apricot, Japanese Flowering Apricot)
Latin Name:Prunus armeniaca; Prunus armeniaca mume
Family Name: Rosaceae
Failing to pick up all the blossom from Apricot trees will do no harm during the short season they are on the ground but don't offer as extra. Cyanogenic glycosides (found in most stone fruit, seeds, bark, and leaves) are present in high concentration in Apricot stones, and they should therefore be avoided.
The leaves, as they get older and wilt, produce a cyanic compound, so although your tortoise will come to no harm if he accidentally nibbles a few fallen leaves, it is wise to prevent him from doing so if possible.
Although most Apricot tree flowers are white or pink, they can also be found in red. See also Apricot (Fruit).