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Cortland Apple tree

Owner: Virginia

Location:  Lander, WYOMING, United States

Age:Planted in about 1960
Age of this tree:62 years
Soil:Tends towards alkali 
Climate at this location:Four seasons with moderate to severe winters.
Pruning:I prune it for fireblight, lighten branch load, lower top, good shape and fruit-bearing.
Tree form:Not sure
Height:Taller than 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:Apple worms, fireblight

Owner's comments

The tree has bad sun scald on the south side of the trunk. The trunk is actually u-shaped, with the core rotted away. The tree has to be kept severely pruned back to reduce strain on the trunk and branches.

Season records for this tree

  • 2013

    Size: 4.5m / 15.0ft high   5.5m / 18.3ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Mild attack
    Cedar-apple rust: Mild attack
    This was an unprecedented harvest year. We still don't have all the apples picked!
  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009

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