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Bramley's Seedling Apple tree

Owner: Pete

Location:  Burbage, WILTSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Soil:Thin topsoil with chalk below 
Climate at this location:Windy!
Pruning:With a chainsaw!
Tree form:Standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:Not specified
Herbicides:Not sure
Pesticides:Not sure

Owner's comments

Inherited this unkempt overgrown and untended Bramley with the house. First year of my ownership it cropped spectacularly. But the branches were damaging the roof of the house - dislodging slates - so it had to receive the 'kill or cure' chainsaw-treatment! Last year it threw up some healthily-good new leaders. This year these have put on some decent side-shoots and are now around 12 feet tall. With luck I'll get some fruit next year. It does attract ants: what should I do to stop them? There are trails of the things running up the trunk, presumably after aphids somewhere in the upper canopy. It's also shown some signs of canker - I have been cutting out cankered shoots and treating the wounds with a spray of domestic bleach - is there anything better I should be using?