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Rubinette Apple tree

Owner: Ron

Location:  Oxford, OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:M9
Soil:Medium to light loam 
Climate at this location:Sheltered
Pruning:pruned to keep slender spindle shape
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated
Local pests:wasps and birds

Owner's comments

Grown as slender spindle, planted in 2008. Despite being well supported and firmly fixed to stake and wires, the top 18 inches of leader snapped under the weight of fruit in 2011. Tree has slender habit on M9, with slight tendency to mildew. Apples small to medium, some scab.

Season records for this tree

  • 2012

    No fruit. New leader grew to replace broken one
  • 2011

    Heavy crop. Leader snapped under weight of fruit. Some mildew earlier, and some wasp damage, but great-tasting small apples
  • 2010

    Good crop, considering 2nd season
  • 2009

    took off all apples to allow growth

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