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James Grieve Apple tree

Owner: Bruce

Location:  Taunton, SOMERSET, United Kingdom

Age of this tree:2024 years
Rootstock:Likely to be M106
Soil:Clay loam over sand 
Climate at this location:Temperate maritime - exposed site
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:aphids

Owner's comments

High local bat population seems to reduce moth problems Heavy crops often pull down and split branches Wasps a problem 2011 Pruned to cut out splitting damage and light canker problem 2012 Pruned to raise height of canopy 2013

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 4 May
    Size: 3.5m / 11.7ft high   3.0m / 10.0ft wide
    Very reliable blooming at set.
  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 9 May
    Harvest: 3rd week September  35kg / 77lbs
    Size: 4.0m / 13.3ft high   4.0m / 13.3ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Mild attack
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Mild attack
    Codling moth: Mild attack
    Silverleaf: Not present
    Recent rains made apples very juicy. Lot of apples rotted on tree
  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 16 April
    Most consistent cropper despite the poor weather summer and autmn
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 17 April
    Harvest: 2nd week September
    Good crop - long harvest period - some bitter pit