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About this Laxton's Fortune Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States


Visiting: By arrangement

Age: Planted in about 2010
Soil characteristics at this location: heavy clay 
Climate at this location: warm spring, summer and fall, light winter frost
Pruning: mostly summer pruning for size control
Age of this tree: Not sure
Tree form: Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height: Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping: Medium crops
Growth characteristics: This tree grows easily here
Herbicides: Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides: Un-treated


Owner's comments

This is one of my favorites. The tree was precocious and grows very good sweet apples: hard, crunchy and very juicy. The apples are attractive, with a solid red skin. After the first two light crops it had many more blossoms this year, but because it is known as a biennial tree I thinned it heavily. The apples ripened starting in late August and continued one week into September.

Season records for this tree

Season Blossom date Picking date / Yield Size Season notes
2014

2013
1kg / 2lbs 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: Mild attack
This harvest was much larger than the first two years.
2012

2011

2010

2009

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