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Kingston Black Apple tree

Owner: Bruce

Location:  Taunton, SOMERSET, United Kingdom

Age of this tree:2020 years
Rootstock:M106
Soil:Clay loam over sand 
Climate at this location:Temperate maritime - exposed location
Pruning:Yes
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Aphids Milldew

Owner's comments

High local bat population seems to reduce moth problems 2011 Tree less affected by above pests this year - cause of partial shade removed early in the year. Pruned to improve shape 2012 Pruned to shape Feb 2013. Disease on young shoots noted 23rd May

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 20 May
    Size: 4.0m / 13.3ft high   3.0m / 10.0ft wide
    Flower and set very poor. Flowering was late relative to the other trees.
  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 23 May
    Harvest: 3rd week September  8kg / 18lbs
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Mild attack
    Woolly aphid: Mild attack
    Codling moth: Mild attack
    Silverleaf: Mild attack
    Very late blossom compared to other varities. Fruits attractive to wasps when near ripe and on ground
  • 2012

    Size: 3.0m / 10.0ft high   2.5m / 8.3ft wide
    Effective crop failure
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 21 April
    Harvest: 2nd week October
    First year of cropping
  • 2010

  • 2009


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