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Calville Blanc d'Hiver Apple tree

Owner: Mike

Location:  Glen Rock, PA, United States

Age of this tree:2020 years
Rootstock:M111
Soil:Sandy Loam 
Climate at this location:Zone 5c/6a
Pruning:yes
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:ants & aphids

Owner's comments

20120510: The flowers are producing four apples. 20120504: Looks like I successfully hand pollinated at least one apple! Still flowering though so may be able to provoke a few more flowers to set fruit. 20120416: Yippee! This has been only the second season Calville Blanc has been in the ground, however it has flowers umbels (?) - three on branches and two on the main trunk. Hand pollinated the two that flowered today; one with Hewes Crab and the other with Ananas Reinette. Hoping that fruit will form. 20120404: First flower buds forming on three year old tree on branches that were tied down to grow more horizontal. 20120310: Sprayed with dormant oil and bordeaux spray. 20120101: Found out the time to spray Bordeaux is just before the buds break out in the spring and as the flower buds develop and open. Won't spray after the flower buds are open so not to kill the bees. Will spray the entire tree and surrounding ground with Bordeaux again if any cedar rust appears and in the autumn after the leaves fall. Will apply to any trees that show sign of cedar rust. 20110930: Still growing and flowering this weekend. Will be a wonder if it sets fruit. The main leader is about 7 feet now. No sign of cedar rust. 20110821: Took damaged leaves off tree and will spray with copper soon. After cedar rust controlled earlier this year, showed good growth. Training branches to grow more parallel to earth. 20110722 The new growth is not showing signs of cedar rust so I will keep on spraying with Bordeaux spray until the leaves fall off. I also sprayed the ground around the tree with Bordeaux spray. Hope the spraying solves the situation. I would hate to lose this antique variety of apple. 20110702: Bordeaux spray helped. New growth does not show signs of cedar rust. It may be that the cedars in the valley are not pollinating currently. Will spray the tree and the surrounding ground this week. 20110622: The fencing surrounding the trunk prevents animals, and I hope deers, from damaging my tree. 20110617: Discovered the leaves have orange dots (cedar rust!) on them. Ordered Bordeaux spray which I am hoping Calville Blanc D'Hiver will help cope with the cedar rust. 20110322: Planted and will keep you posted on growth and fruiting. The chicken wire around the tree is to keep the animals from chewing the bark off the trees and killing them (that is what happened to three of my hazelnut bushes). I also read that chicken wire will keep deer off (they like to rub their antler fur on tree trunks in the autumn). Ordered this apple from Trees of Antiquity in August 2010 for Spring 2011 delivery.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 9 May
  • 2013

  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 20 April
    Just started flowering on 16 April 2012.
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 25 September
    Strange, this was the second apple tree to flower this late. Glad to see that it is happy now.
  • 2010

  • 2009

Calville Blanc 2nd summer

Calville Blanc 2nd summer

Copyright: Mike Le Boulluec

Uploaded: 13 Jun 2011

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