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Belle de Boskoop Apple tree

Owner: Allan

Location:  Wanaka, OTAGO, New Zealand

Age:Planted in about 2000
Age of this tree:24 years
Soil:fertile glacial mud and stone 
Climate at this location:Warm summers 20 to 30 deg C coldish winters -4 to +10 deg C
Pruning:shaping and height control only
Tree form:Standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Local pests:Codlin moth

Owner's comments

This tree was retrieved from the riverbank of the Hawea river at Wanaka, it grew as a root sport from its parent tree, the original stem was about 1.5 meters tall but seriously damaged (almost ringbarked) by opossums or rabbits and as there was a new shoot sprouting from below the damaged section the damaged trunk was cut off and the shoot encouraged to grow, it was trained as it did so. It took seven years fot the new trunk to produce fruit, one apple that first year and has had improving crops each year since. I had no idea what the tree was when I retrieved it from the river bank but I liked the taste of the fruit from the parent tree, but I have found out its variety since. It intriges me about the old apple trees that grow beside river or lake beds and roadsides in our country and I come to the conclusion that they may have come about as feed snacks for hungry work horses in our pioneering days.

Season records for this tree

  • 2013

    Harvest: 3rd week May  45kg / 99lbs
    Size: 4.0m / 13.3ft high   3.5m / 11.7ft wide
    Codling moth: Mild attack
    Best crop so far
  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009

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