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Lord Lambourne Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Spokane, WA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2011
Age of this tree:11 years
Rootstock:Will become a standard beginning 2015.
Soil:Sandy, well drained, being improved by duck manure. 
Climate at this location:Semi-arid, most precip is snow, Hot summers.
Pruning:A little needed each year, as forks develop at tip blooms.
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Organic treatments
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Codling moth.

Owner's comments

Benchgraft planted Spring 2011. This ought to do nicely and attain a height of 7 feet. I found it attacked by aphids on tender growth in June/July 2011. I gently rubbed them away with fingers and now that the leaves are hardening, there are no more aphids. It grew about 14 inches. Grew as much again the next year, after pruning back one of two leaders emerged from among flower buds. Being a partial tip bearer, it might bloom again spring 2013 (yes: from 5 points near top!) Will strip blossoms and prune to one central leader right away, if needed..

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 2 May
    Harvest: 4th week September  1kg / 2lbs
    Size: 1.0m / 3.3ft high   
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    Standing on Bud9, this has been tiny in its fourth season. I allowed only three apples to grow on it, since I've never tasted it before and know of no one raising it. 3" tall x 3 1/8" wide, bright red, the strawberry flavor comes through. Picked 28 September; Brix of 16. This is so good I hope to re-plant it in November once its dormant, burying the graft union in order to create a standard, for it is a fine fresh eating apple and the tree will be modest in size in my location.
  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 8 May
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 10 May
    Size: 1.0m / 3.3ft high   
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Mild attack
    Codling moth: Not present
    Surprise bloom; only 14 inches tall. Stripped it for growing wood; no aphids.. Twin leaders grew from the top; pruned one late in season; October height 37 inches.
  • 2011

    Benchgraft planted Spring 2011.
  • 2010

  • 2009


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