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Melba Apple tree

Owner: v

Location:  Lucknow, ONTARIO, Canada

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:M26
Soil:rocky, calcifarious, light topsoil 
Climate at this location:zone 5a, North America, Great Lakes Basin
Pruning:biannually, pyramid, central leader form
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Un-treated
Pesticides:Chemical treatments

Owner's comments

About 10 days after "Early Harvest". We love the melbas since they're our first 'real eating' apple. They keep OK (about 3 weeks, longer if refrigerated) for an early apple. Tree is a reliable and heavy cropper, but needs some support as branches are a bit weak and will crack if 'loaded' Winters here are long, have 3 to 6 feet of snow, and temperatures vary, with average of -8 to -15 degrees C., about 10 to 15 days will see -20 to -25 degrees C., and there is usually a damp northwesterly wind off the lakes.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

    Harvest: 3rd week August
  • 2010

  • 2009


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