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Malus domestica 'Newton Wonder' (C) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Green, Red and Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

apple 'Newton Wonder'

Family

Rosaceae


Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

'Newton Wonder' is both a dessert and culinary apple, with less acidity than some cultivars. A vigorous tree that crops heavily, typically with a larger crop every other year. Apples store well for eating from November through to March and sometimes longer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Suitable for all training forms. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius. Thin fruit as required. Further apple cultivation advice

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock. The rootstock used will effect the size of the plant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or City/Courtyard Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Regular pruning required - apple pruning; spur bearing

Pests

Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite, mussel scale, codling moth and caterpillars are the main pests on edible apples

Diseases

Can be susceptible to apple canker and apple scab; this cultivar may also suffer from bitter pit