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Ben Davis Apple tree

Owner: Barbara

Location:  Seattle, WA / KING, United States

Age of this tree:2019 years
Climate at this location:Mediterranean
Pruning:Yes
Tree form:Standard
Height:Taller than 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree does not grow well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Codling moth, apple maggot,

Owner's comments

This tree bears on branches mostly out of reach of a 10-foot orchard ladder, so we have been mostly trying to lower the height of it this year. Plan on using some pest control in 2012. Was originally very susceptible to scab. By clearing the orchard floor and pruning to give light and circulation, the apples and leaves now have very little scab (2013).

Season records for this tree

  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 2 May
    Harvest: 3rd week October  5kg / 11lbs
    Size: 9.0m / 30.0ft high   9.0m / 30.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Mild attack
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Mild attack
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    No real harvest. Taste and texture of Ben Davis apples is such that we don't make any effort to use the apples. They are not good for eating or cider.
  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 26 April
    More normal bloom time this year.
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 4 May
    Harvest: 2nd week November
    Apples much larger this year; no pest control. Lowering height of tree.
  • 2010

  • 2009

Ben Davis tree - spring

Ben Davis tree - spring

Copyright: Barb. B.

Uploaded: 09 Feb 2012

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Ben Davis tree - September

Ben Davis tree - September

Copyright: Barb. B.

Uploaded: 09 Feb 2012

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Box of Ben Davis

Box of Ben Davis

Copyright: Barb. B.

Uploaded: 09 Feb 2012

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