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Laxton's Fortune Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2010
Age of this tree:14 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:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)

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

  • 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: Mild attack
    This harvest was much larger than the first two years.