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Grenadier Apple tree

Owner: Philip

Location:  Stourbridge, WEST MIDLANDS, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 1950
Age of this tree:69 years
Soil:Light soil on top of clay. 
Climate at this location:Temperate. Average rainfall and good exposure to sun.
Pruning:We try to keep the top accessible by a an apple- picker bag on the end of a pole. We try to restrict the lateral growth by pruning.
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than 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:Codling moth.

Owner's comments

We had been aware of this tree when my wife's parents lived. We knew that the apples were picked and that my mother-in law was kept busy peeling and stewing the apples before freezing. The defrosted apples were used over the year for cooking. When my wife and I moved into the house two years ago when both of her parents had died, we took a deeper interest in the apples. For some arson we thought that the tree was of the James Grieves variety. We heard a radio programme about apples and they described a tree and apples like ours and named it as grenadier. I looked on- line and found the Orange Pippin site with pictures similar to the apples on our tree. This year's harvest was heavy. I gave away some of the best apples and cooked a large quantity before freezing them. There are still about 20 pounds of good apples in bags in a dry shed. We intend either to stew them or press them for their juice.Last year I made a dozen jars of apple jam, but given the cheapness and variety of jams in shops, we are not motivated to do this every year. I note that this tree may be long-lived, so we will spare the axe!

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Harvest: 2nd week September
    Codling moth: Mild attack
    While preparing the apples fro cooking, I noticed that some of the seeds were missing. I found your site which helped me both to identify the type of Apple tree and to decide that there had been slight codling moth damage. We will use a hormonal trap next spring.
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