All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

Epicure Apple tree

Owner: N.

Location:  United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:M25
Soil:Shallow sandy-gravelly loam 
Climate at this location:Warm, dry, windy
Pruning:Yes
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated
Local pests:None

Owner's comments

Not particularly prone to diseases, although not highly resistant. Not particularly prone to pests, unlike many early-ripening apples. Needs to be left on the tree for as long as possible or will be sour and flavourless. Ripens slightly later than some of "the books" suggest - late August in my (mild) region and probably September in many regions. Does not appear to be particularly prone to bitter pit, contrary to "the books". It is my suspicion that M25 rootstock is a better supplier of balanced nutrients than many rootstocks, therefore produces fruit which is less prone to nutrient deficiency, therefore less problems with bitter pit and related disorders.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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