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About this Rubinette Apple tree

Owner: Ron

Location:  OXFORD, OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom


Age: Planted in about
Rootstock: M9
Soil characteristics at this location: Medium to light loam 
Climate at this location: Sheltered
Pruning: pruned to keep slender spindle shape
Age of this tree: Less than 5 years
Tree form: Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height: Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping: Medium crops
Growth characteristics: This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides: Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides: Un-treated
Main 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

Season Blossom date Picking date / Yield Size Season notes
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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