I’ve no idea where you’re located (thus my personal request
in the please read first thread under ‘Viron
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– regarding giving a location)… If it’s the Willamette Valley of Oregon, you’re prettymuch out of luck for a fruit-setting apricot tree. …further up the Columbia toward Hood River or The Dalles, perhaps the tree is “too old,” though I don’t know how old they get.
I believe the problem in the Willamette Valley is the fact they bloom so early it’s usually still (if occasionally extremely) wet and generally cold, thus little if any pollination. I’m not sure how ‘self fertile’ they are, either. Most fruit trees set far better with a pollinator; some don’t need one; and others won’t set without one. Again, I’m not sure how dependant Apricot trees are on an outside pollen source. …If anyone checks in to inform us it’s most likely lack of pollination – grafting on a pollinating variety could work… Though you'd still need the 'bee action.'
I can’t be much of a help. The nursery man I ignored decades ago warned me against buying an Apricot for ‘this valley’ and I didn’t listen. The tree lasted less than one year, which may have been Stark Brother’s fault, as they reimbursed me for its cost. But I’ve not tried again and as a longtime member of this organization, have met very few owners and seen very few producing Apricot trees on my travels to various home orchards and farms. My dad treks up the Columbia River for his Apricot fix…
If it’s still blooming, it’s trying; and if the blooms are pretty, the foliage is healthy and the bark’s still in tact, I’d leave it. It might surprise, or reward you. But if it’s not in good condition and is simply taking up space you could have a Desert King Fig sitting it – and beginning to ripen it’s consistent fruit about now -- I’d remove it.