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Black Oxford Apple tree

Owner: Rebecca

Location:  Lafayette, CO, United States

Age:Planted in about 2017
Age of this tree:4 years
Soil:medium brown sandy loam underlain by silty clay 
Climate at this location:Unpredictable: warm falls; few heavy winter snows, 1 or 2 very cold weeks; warm springs with sudden snowfalls; hot summers with cool nights
Pruning:Yes
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:Not specified
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated
Local pests:fire blight

Season records for this tree

  • 2020

  • 2019

    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
    Pruned branches that were too low or angled into the tree. Still working on creating a good framework for future fruiting.
  • 2018

    Size: 1.0m / 3.3ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Pruned branches that were too low or angled into the tree. Still working on creating a good framework for future fruiting. Had terrible fire blight in the area so it was good that the tree did not bloom.
  • 2017

    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   
    Semi-dwarf tree arrived on April 28, 2017 as 1-year-old bare root. No side branches. Planted on April 30 after waiting out a spring snow storm and freezing temperatures. Trimmed top of tree slightly to create a solid cut and angle growth in direction desired. Noticed the first buds starting to emerge on May 8, 2017, about 1 week after planting the tree. Had perfect baby tree weather - soaking rains interspersed with warm, sunny days, but then had a hail storm and several inches of snow on May 17
  • 2016

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  • 2010

  • 2009


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