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Malus domestica 'Worcester Pearmain' (D) 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

Red and Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

apple 'Worcester Pearmain'

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

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How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

It will crop best in a sunny situation. Tip bearing. The height will depend on the rootstock and training method. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius. Fruit thinning may be required. For more details see apple cultivation

Soil

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

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Regular pruning required - pruning apples; tip bearing.

Pests

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

Diseases

Mildew and apple scab can be a problem. Some susceptibility to apple canker. Prone to honey fungus