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About this D'Arcy Spice Apple tree

Owner: Paul

Location:  Warminster, WILTSHIRE, United Kingdom


Visiting: By arrangement

Age: Planted in about 2000
Rootstock: M9
Soil characteristics at this location: Chalky loam 
Climate at this location: Frost pocket, typical central southern England
Pruning: yes
Age of this tree: 10 - 20 years
Tree form: Espalier
Height: Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping: Heavy crops
Growth characteristics: This tree grows easily here
Herbicides: Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides: Un-treated
Main local pests: Woodlice, slugs, snails wasps


Owner's comments

Bacterial canker is becoming a significant problem, maybe our wet, cold non-Summer of 2012 contributed to this. In warmer conditions this must be a truly great apple, why don't we see it in shops, so much better than the ghastly Gala or Golden Delicious. One great fortune that we have for all the trees are numerous solitary bees and bumble bees to replace the disappearing honey bees.

Season records for this tree

Season Blossom date Picking date / Yield Size Season notes
2013

2012
9kg / 20lbs 2.0m / 6.7ft high
3.0m / 10.0ft wide
Very vigorous growth but hampered by bacterial canker. Yield great but we are right at the Northern limits of this variety so some applle were superb but c40% were underripe as usual
2011

2010

2009

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