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

D'Arcy Spice Apple tree

Owner: Paul

Location:  Warminster, WILTSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 2000
Age of this tree:20 years
Rootstock:M9
Soil:Chalky loam 
Climate at this location:Frost pocket, typical central southern England
Pruning:yes
Tree form:Espalier
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: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

  • 2013

  • 2012

    Size: 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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