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Golden Noble Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2010
Age of this tree:11 years
Soil:heavy clay 
Climate at this location:Warm spring, summer and fall, light winter frost
Pruning:mostly summer pruning for size control
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated
Local pests:Passers-by (the tree is in the front yard, no fence)

Owner's comments

This tree is precocious, and although it is not heavily spurred it can grow large to very large apples when thinned, so the harvest is heavy for the tree's size. The branches are long, thin and flexible, and must be propped up to support the fruit if there is more than one apple per branch. This is a good late sweet apple for our warm coastal climate, ripening throughout October. (September is the most common ripening month for apples here.) This is one of three trees on M111 rootstock planted in a close group (1-1/2 to 2 feet apart), with each tree having roughly one-third of a circle for it's territory.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    I seem to have found a good level of thinning for this year. I have most of the apples in the range of medium to large size instead of many small apples and a few giant ones.
  • 2013

    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Fruit size is highly variable, from small to a 1.15 pound apple this year.
  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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