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Sierra Beauty Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2011
Age of this tree:11 years
Soil:heavy clay 
Climate at this location:warm spring, summer and fall, light winter frost
Pruning:only minor pruning of branches so far (small tree)
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated

Owner's comments

2013: This is a very small tree. It grew 2 apples in 2013 and the apples were wide and flat (I have read that this is common in warm winter climates). The flavor is a mix of tart and sweet, with good texture (hard, crunchy and juicy). It is described as self-fertile and heavy-bearing. 2014: This tree may be heavy-bearing when it grows larger; at a little over 5 feet tall in 2014 it has set fruit in 3 places and looks like it will blossom in 7 more. June: I thinned it down to 4 apples.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 20 April
    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
    This tree was late to blossom and its flowering season looks like it will be spread over a long period. I do not yet know if this is typical for this tree here or if it is because of an unusually warm and short winter.
  • 2013

    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft 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
    Two apples in 2013 from a very small tree.
  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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