Apple Varieties Each With a Picture
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Two factors should be considered when choosing which variety of
apple tree is correct for your garden - taste and pollination. Pollination is
dealt with in the next section. Taste is largely a matter of personal preference. Your dessert apple preference
may be for a sweet and mild apple like Golden Delicious, a sweet and
acid apple like Cox's Orange Pippin or an apple which is more acidic like Discovery. Cooking
apples vary in their texture between varieties.
table below summarizes the key differences between those apple varieties
which GardenAction recommend for your garden, but click on any variety name for
more details and in most cases a picture. The 'rating' takes into
account ease of growing (disease resistance, pruning) and fruit quality.
Click here for pictures and descriptions of 50 other apple tree varieties
We recently visited
Gardens in Warwick which has a variety of lesser known Victorian apple trees. It's
worth a visit with the entrance fee only being £3.
of Apple Trees
Pollination is the method by which apple blossom receives pollen from
another variety and goes on to produce an apple. Ignoring much of
the advice in many gardening books, magazines and television programs,
many gardeners successfully grow a single apple tree in their gardens. Why
do they succeed - the answer is the very mobile bee. Bees will fly
literally miles to find the best source of pollen and in this way, a
single apple tree can easily be pollinated by an apple tree a mile or more
So, if you live in a reasonably populated area, you can be almost
certain that your single apple tree will be pollinated successfully by
your neighbour's apple trees. If you try a single apple tree in your
garden and it is not pollinated for some reason, the solution is to buy a
partially trained cordon or espalier tree later, and this will ensure pollination
whilst taking up very little room.
less populated areas, or those with few surrounding gardens, it is best to plant apple
trees in groups of two or more varieties which flower at about the same
time. Consult the table on each variety above (see the column flowering /
pollination), and you can be certain that
where the flowering periods of two varieties match (early, middle or
late), they will pollinate each other. Remember too, that many of the
ornamental crab apple trees (John Downie and Malus Hillieri for example) make
very good pollinating partners.
for a page that lists which varieties can pollinate each other.
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Date posted: November 30, 2011 - 03:02 am
Message: If it starts with a capital letteer, it's the variety of cultivar.
Date posted: November 30, 2011 - 02:08 am
i have a question about classification of apple .
like Malus domestica Borkh.
above is the scientific name of apple.
what is the Borkh?
it is variety?
pleas inform me
Name: jane drysdale
Date posted: September 03, 2011 - 05:14 am
Message: we are a b/b in kent we have loads of cooking apples which i store for breakfast is it best to store them when they are almost ripe?
Date posted: August 02, 2011 - 07:01 pm
I have just moved into a property which has 2 apple trees and 1 pear tree. One is a cooking apple tree and the other isn't but as i have not been a gardener and now I am suddenly faced with these wonderful fruit tree's which look like they are dieing. The apples feel hollow and its now august and the pears are small and so are the apples. What shall I do so i can save these trees? Please help me!
Name: Julia Maidment
Date posted: July 23, 2011 - 11:34 am
Message: I have a dwarf apple tree which was already in the front garden when I moved in, it has flowered and produced small reddish apples more this year than last year and they were not really edible last year.It is in need of quite a bit of attention it's looking rather uncared for, I need advice on how to prune it back as I don't think it's ever been done and as far as I know it's been there for a few years. But I would like to get it back to how it should be. Many Thanks.
Name: Ken Little
Date posted: May 26, 2011 - 05:50 pm
Message: I would like to consider an orchard of bramleys, pruned in the Espalier technique to form "hedges", similar to those in Tasmania. Is this considered reasonable for the Cumbrian climate ?
Name: Ken Little
Date posted: May 26, 2011 - 05:48 pm
Message: I would like to consider an orchard on bramleys, pruned in the Espalier technique to form "hedges, similar to those in Tasmania. is this considered reasonable for the Cumbrian climate ?
Date posted: May 25, 2011 - 03:30 am
Message: I have an apple tree in my back garden that my children grew from a pip 8 years ago, but it has never flowered, but has a kind of catkin growing in spring. Will it ever flower?
Name: Yvonne Mitchell
Date posted: November 03, 2010 - 09:05 am
Message: Apples have now fruited in our new garden. One eating apple is particulary nice and I wondered how I could find out what it is. It is a dwarf variety, sweet and juice with a reddish skin Thankyou
Date posted: October 03, 2010 - 02:57 pm
Message: i am about to plant our first apple/ pear trees in our small garden my neighbours have fruit trees so polination should not be a problem.i would like advise on trees available no taller than 4 feet in height with a large yeald
Date posted: September 21, 2010 - 02:20 pm
Message: Hi, could you identify an apple tree for me,it`s a prolific fruitbearer but only every other year, its about 15 years old and the trunk is as straight as an arrow,and smooth:fruit is medium size,tasty and pale lime colour.I hope someone can solve this mystery. Regards Johno.
Name: Di Woodward
Date posted: August 19, 2010 - 02:36 pm
Message: In my french garden I have a big apple tree. It has dark red fruits that are pink to red all the way through inside. Can anyone help me to identify it please. They are sweet enough to eat and crop very heavily.