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Ashmead's Kernel Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2010
Age of this tree:10 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:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Not sure

Owner's comments

This is one of my favorite apple varieties. It is precocious and has been heavy-bearing here, and when thinned it can produce a few large apples among the many small to medium ones. The apples are tart with a little sweetness, juicy and have a slightly grainy texture that I enjoy. This is one of four trees planted close together in a square pattern, with about two feet between each tree. Each tree gets a quarter-circle of space to grow and is kept small so that I can have many varieties in a small area. I am experimenting with apple varieties that are not known to grow good fruit in Southern California, which are almost all apple varieties. I remove trees that grow bad fruit. Ones that grow good fruit but are not my favorites are likely to end up in the edges of my yard, while my favorites (like Ashmead's Kernel) get a little more room in the center. 2014: It looks like I didn't thin the tree enough, so I have a crop of small apples this year.

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
  • 2013

    Harvest: 2nd week September  3kg / 7lbs
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft 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
    The harvest this year was about 20 apples, ranging in size from small to fairly large, with most of them small to medium.
  • 2012

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  • 2010

  • 2009


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