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Blenheim Orange Apple tree

Owner: Peter

Location:  Hitchin, HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 1940
Age of this tree:81 years
Rootstock:Not known if any.
Soil:Loam to light clay 
Climate at this location:Fairly Mild some heavy frosts in winter.
Pruning:Maintain open bowl shape
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:Wooly aphid; Black Canker ; Powdery mildew

Owner's comments

This tree is at least 45 years old! Misteltoe clump appears to have reduced growth energy over last five years and canker killed some branches. Dead branches from centre of tree removed- one of these branches was 12 inches across! Fantastic flavour of fruit makes it all worth while trying to prolong its life. Tree eventually killed by canker.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Tree unfortunately succumbed to canker and has been destroyed
  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 15 April
    Very heavy blossom in early April
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 28 April
  • 2009

    Spring blossom: 5 April
    Harvest: 2nd week October

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